Garden of Australian Dreams – Design Canberra Festival

Garden of Australian Dreams

The Garden of Australian Dreams is a symbolic landscape – large sculptural forms within a body of water, a little grass and a few trees. Encircled by the Museum, it provides an opportunity for visitors to stop and relax as they contemplate an artistic exploration of ‘place’ and ‘home’.

The design of the Garden of Australian Dreams is based on a slice of central Australia. A concrete surface depicts a highly coloured, stylised ‘map’ of the area; take one step and you travel the equivalent of 100 kilometres across the real landmass of the country.

The words on the undulating surface of the map identify place and country — ‘home’ is repeated in 100 different languages. The lines that crisscross the map include surveyors’ reference marks, road maps, the dingo fence, and Indigenous nation and language boundaries.

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Photo: John Gollings

DESIGN Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.