Visitors to the Western Australian Botanic Garden will now arrive to a grand new entrance, prominently designated with its name in 600 mm high, brushed aluminium letters and complemented by a spectacular sculpture, ‘Symbiotica’, which frames the entry.
‘The naming of this living museum of plants in this way reflects its significance as the state’s Botanic Garden and highlights its importance to the community as a cultural, scientific and educational resource,’ Kings Park Director of Horticulture and Conservation Lesley Hammersley said.
A collaboration between Kings Park, Plan E Landscape Architects and Artventure, the lettering style and materials were designed to complement the entry sculpture ‘Symbiotica’, which was created by Artventure’s Paul Johnson and Gail Mason and unveiled in September 2016.
Stretching eight metres high and fabricated from aluminium with copper and dichroic glass highlights, ‘Symbiotica’ was inspired by the relationships between plants and insects. The arching aluminium panels may be interpreted as leaf blades, or alternatively as insect wings.
Intricate seed patterns representing 11 endemic WA plant species have been laser cut into the aluminium panels, highlighted by changing colours as light reflects on the dichroic glass elements that suggest both shimmering insect wings and the colours in wildflowers. At night, the sculpture is softly lit to mark the garden entry.
The sculpture was officially unveiled on 1 September 2016 to coincide with the launch of the 2016 Kings Park Festival and the first day of spring.
The entry project formed part of a 2015 commission for the WA Botanic Garden’s 50th anniversary celebrations, generously funded by the Friends of Kings Park and Lotterywest.