The Santos Museum of Economic Botany at the Adelaide Botanic Garden, South Australia, is, in the words of Peter Emmett the historian/curator/writer who oversaw its 2009 revitalisation, "...another realm - a theatre of High Victorian ornamentation in the Greek-revival style... layered with substances, specimens and crafted objects."
This "crowded tableaux" is a wondrous place, a unique museum experience and the last Museum of Economic Botany anywhere in the world that presents its original 19th century collections in its original purpose-built architecture.
If you're ever in Adelaide, it's well worth visiting...
As part of a strong multi-disciplinary team, I worked with Peter on the 2009 project to create various media elements and write for the souvenir publication. In 2014, the Museum's director Tony Kanellos invited me to produce a contemplative soundscape for the space. The hour long series of tracks, constructed from field recordings made throughout the Garden, commenced playback in March 2014. A sample track can be heard here : soundcloud.com/gary-warner/frogsweep
I shot the scenes in this video in October 2013. Glimpses of the solo exhibition of artist Jaques Charoux's lifelong exploration of the unusual Mauritian seedpod Coco de Mer, can be seen in the Museum's temporary exhibition space .
The extraordinary 'cabinet of curiosities' is a specially commissioned permanent installation artwork, titled 'Grove', by artist Fiona Hall.
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