Avoca: The Garden of Fire and Water
Connecting history, community and a sense of place was essential to Avoca’s transformation. In collaboration with landscapers, historians and artists, a garden has been created celebrating Avoca’s Chinese heritage. The Garden of Fire and Water speaks to more than just the history of the area; it has started a broader discussion in the small community about inclusivity and cultural legacy.
Every element of the garden has been carefully considered, from the wood used in the pavilion, to the beautiful Scholar Rock by Chinese Australian artist Lindy Lee. It has become a place of quiet contemplation and cross-cultural understanding in the town.
Artistic Director Lyndal Jones, Lead Artist Lindy Lee and Landscape Architect and Project Manager Mel Ogden.
Avoca gallery image credits: Brie Trenerry and Polly Stanton image 13; David Brown images 14 and 15; Elizabeth Teal image 4; Jane Howe images 1, 2 and 7; Joanna Gould images 5, 6 and 9 - 12; Lyndal Jones image 8; Margaret Pilgrim: Title image and images 3, 17, 18 and 19; Mel Ogden image 20.
Landscape Architect and Project Manager
Soil Expert and Plantsman
Avoca Chinese Garden Association Committee