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Fracture Gallery, The Atrium


2 June 2016 - 17 June 2016 | Daily | 24 Hours
Saturday 18 June | 6pm - 9pm




Explore biodiversity resilience in the city through art making with native plants.

Inspired by Melbourne’s unique climate, artist Tanja Beer brings together flora and fauna of past and present to create a bush refuge – a ‘Refugium’, in the heart of Fed Square.

Refugium will host a series of free Kokedama Making Workshops and your creations will be exhibited as part of The Light in Winter Festival.

Register to secure your place at the kokedama table. You are welcome to arrive any time during the workshop but please allow at least 30 minutes to make your kokedama.

Kokedama Making Workshops

  • Sunday 5 June | 1pm – 4pm
  • Monday 6 June | 5pm – 8pm
  • Sunday 12 June | 1pm – 4pm
  • Monday 13 June | 5pm – 8pm

A kokedama is an ancient Japanese technique of wrapping plants in moss and string, transforming them into a sculptural art piece.

As the kokedamas are completed they will be added to a growing installation in The Atrium Fracture Gallery. On Solstice weekend (Saturday 18 June) the installation will move out to The Square where they will be suspended from a beautiful recycled wooden archways for all to see.

If you would like to take your kokedama home, please collect it at the conclusion of the Solstice Celebration on Saturday 18 June between 8.30pm and 9.00pm.

Image by Nick Roux

Project Partners

  • City of Melbourne
  • St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-operative (SKINC)
  • Melbourne School of Design and Victorian College of the Arts
  • Installation design by Tanja Beer
  • Sound design by Nick Roux featuring sound files from Museum Victoria funded by the Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation
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Lift access & wheelchair accessible.
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