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BOTANICA - 2021 - Contemporary Art Outside - Brisbane Botanic Gardens

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Simone chose the formal flower garden as a site for her work for its symbolic power.

As a highly designed folly in the shape of a flower, it reminded visitors that the City Botanic Gardens is a constructed space - a museum of nature that celebrates its diversity.

A lifeless ossuary of bleached cast skeletal remains of animals, fish and coral, the deathly site referenced the garden's early history as a zoo, but more importantly, our dangerous future. Simone envisaged the graveyard as a prescient foreboding of a dying world caused by the folly of human-induced climate change. Materials: Cast gypsum

Acknowledgements The artist acknowledged Perides Art Projects Brisbane, CSR Gyprock Trade Noosaville, her partner Kevin Wilson, her family, and all who assisted with this installation.

Cast gypsum forms, Earth, Glow paint and Black light
Images: Dave Kan

Biography Simone Eisler is an experiencedQueensland sculptor with an extensive exhibition and public art profile in Australia and overseas. Garden themes feature strongly in many of her large-scale, immersive installations and are a platform for her to explore issues of climate change, species adaptation, family history and the diaspora.