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Artists Sue Callanan and Margaret Roberts want to dig into our senses to create sensational artworks in the Sensory Garden at Sale Botanic Garden

By Wellington Shire Council - 3rd May 2002 - Back to News

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Artists Sue Callanan and Margaret Roberts want to dig into our senses to create sensational artworks in the Sensory Garden at Sale Botanic Gardens.

Following a productive meeting with the Sensory Garden Artistic Steering Committee, Sue and Margaret will return to Wellington Shire for the next leg of the groundwork for development of art in Saleís Sensory Garden.

The two artists have extensive experience in working with a variety of art forms and have produced many site specific sculptures in towns across Australia. Although now based in Sydney, Sue recently completed a Masters degree in art in public space at RMIT Melbourne and Margaret grew up in Gippsland.

They say they are enthused with ideas for the Sensory Garden artwork and are keen to investigate ways of drawing attention to the beauty and natural features of the setting.

Sue and Margaret will be in the Sensory Garden on Sunday 12 May from 1pm to 3pm to discuss ideas for art designs with the Wellington community.

"Our initial approach is to focus on the multiple relationships between people connected to the Garden and the world outside" said Sue.

"Sale Sensory Gardenís artwork will be designed to appeal to our senses of sight, sound, smell and touch.

"We are interested in acknowledging and responding to the way people move in and around the Botanic Gardens, and how their view of any one part is constantly shifting as they move around. Put simply, this involves considering our physical movement through a space."

"Sunday will be a completely informal occasion where people can come and go as they please. Materials will be provided to jot down ideas, or thereíll be time to just chat and discuss what others in the community would like to see."

Sue said that questions the artists would like to explore with the community include:

  • What relationships are embodied in the garden?
  • What does the garden mean to people connected to it?
  • How can we acknowledge the physical experience of being in the park?
  • What is the relationship of water and land in the park?
  • What are the relationships of people to each other in the park?
  • What are the relationships of the park to its surrounding areas?

"Our concern is to create something that will respond to the space as a whole, that is, the multiple relationships within the Garden and of the Garden to its wider surrounds."

Those who are unable to attend but would like to contribute ideas or
seek information can contact Sue and Margaret by email on or through Michael Rowell, Recreation and Cultural Development Officer, Wellington Shire
Council. Tel: 03 5142 3316

Sue and Margaret will be at Sale Sensory Garden, by the pergola on Sunday 12th May from 1.00pm to 3.00pm


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