RMIT breathes life into the landscape
What could have been a relatively simple landscaping project at RMIT University’s Bundoora campus has blossomed into a vibrant artistic journey with the addition of sculptures and sound art.
Among the artworks adorning the $7 million Bundoora Spine project are a bronze, 3-metre Chimpanzee Finger by artist and RMIT alumnus Lisa Roet (pictured) and a 2.7-metre bronze work, I’ll be Your Sunshine (Invisible), by artist and RMIT lecturer Robert Bridgewater.
As you walk along the path you can hear pieces from the RMIT Sound Art Collection via hidden speakers.
Landscape features include the introduction of wetlands to help purify and maintain water quality in the campus lake, a boardwalk bridge made from recycled ironbark timber, an avenue of newly-planted eucalyptus trees, as well as conversational and rest areas designed to form a relaxing and inviting approach to the campus.
RMIT vice-chancellor and president, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, says the project is part of RMIT’s $700 million renewal and capital works program across its Melbourne and Vietnam campuses.
“As a global university of technology and design, RMIT is renowned for its world- leading programs in art, architecture and landscape architecture,” she says. “So it is fitting that this major project – which brings together art, design, technology and landscape architecture – is now an integral part of our Bundoora campus.”