Our new project has begun! It’s called Watershed: Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Land Art Project. To celebrate, we’ve created a new website to post updates about the progress of our planting of legumes, sugarcane and sunflowers. Check out the website here.
We made this video doco in the lead up to Sunset Symphony in the Sunflowers in July 2017. It was screened as the finale as the sun went down. The documentary shows the work of Simon Mattsson in developing regenerative agriculture methods for sugarcane, and tells the story of how artists and farmers came together […]
This was a short news piece that aired on Channel 7 Mackay, in the lead up to Sunset Symphony in the Sunflowers. We were in the thick of carving out the amphitheatre from the sunflowers and sugarcane field at this point – you can see from the drone footage that it’s not yet complete. The […]
In the lead up to Sunset Symphony in the Sunflowers, Tegan Philpott from ABC Radio Tropical North dropped in to the Mattsson family farm to talk about soil health, sunflowers, composting toilets and the value of culture with farmer Simon Mattsson and artist Kim Williams. Here you can listen to two excerpts from their conversation: […]
This just went up on the ABC, by journalist Lara Webster. Really great news this week for the Sugar vs the Reef? project, as we began working with the Mackay Botanical Gardens towards a big work of land art – a crop of sugar cane and sunflowers – a collaboration between artists, farmers, horticulturalists, Mackay […]
Fantastic to be introduced to “Ray the Soil Guy” by Simon Mattsson today. I really love his way of explaining soils. We are keen to try out some of these comparison experiments in Simon’s sugarcane fields. Ray talks about how one of the soils in this video has 6% organic carbon. This is huge compared to what […]
On August 12 I was invited to attend an event called Arts, Science, Oceans, at the Sydney Environment Institute, bringing together artists, scientists and humanities scholars. Here’s the original publicity about it. The event was convened by esteemed historian Iain McCalman, who wrote a wonderful book called The Reef: A Passionate History a few years […]
This week the new edition of Artlink Magazine, themed ART LAND was launched. It contains my discussion with LATITUDES, a Barcelona curatorial collective (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna), who are well known for the wonderful book LAND, ART: A Cultural Ecology Handbook, and many more things besides. The discussion took place in June-July 2016, […]