Presented across Hobart CBD, Pip Jones’ Lowland Grassland will see the return of some of the region’s native grass species to the streets of Hobart.
Prior to European arrival, much of Hobart’s urban area was a sweep of grasses; broad plains of spiny rushes and poas, and lowlands speckled with the heads of tussocks. Known as the Lowland Grasslands Complex, this plant community was once widespread in the Hobart region, however today it exists in fragmented pockets under threat of development and colonising weeds.
By reconstituting Hobart’s Lowland Grasslands Complex in the urban environment, Jones invites us to question idealised notions of how green spaces should appear. Rather than creating an edifying monument to “untouched wilderness” as an object distinct from social and cultural frameworks, Lowland Grassland traces provenance and recognises the role of the human hand in maintaining landscape, both in Indigenous and non-Indigenous constructed environments.
Lowland Grassland will conclude with a community event where a portion of the exhibited plants will be given to the public. The remaining plants will be donated to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre to be used for revegetation works at piyura kitina (Risdon Cove).
Supporters will be acknowledged on the project webpage.
Open Space: Lowland Grassland will be presented across the Hobart CBD from Friday 18th August.
Friday 18th August, 5.30pm
Community event (Plant giveaway):
Sunday 3 September, from 8.30am
Farmgate Market, Bathurst St Hobart
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Pip Jones is a Melbourne-based community artist whose practice facilitates conversations about local landscapes. Alongside her studies in conservation and land management, Pip has developed several independent curatorial projects and exhibition spaces. Her participatory projects have been exhibited at Federation Square’s Light in Winter Festival and SummerSalt Festival in Melbourne. She completed postgraduate studies in Art & Community Engagement at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012.
Open Space is supported by the City of Hobart.