New ShootsIdentity and Communication, for Red Room Poetry, Australian Poetry and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria
New Shoots Victoria commissioned 10 poets including Bruce Pascoe, Maria Takolander, Bonny Cassidy, Autumn Royal, Ryan Prehn, Elena Gomez, Duncan Hose, Chris Wallace Crabbe, Carissa Lee Godwin, and Cameron Lowe to create a series of poems that respond to sites, spores, histories and seeds across Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Poems recorded, performed, shared on seed packs and ‘planted’ in the garden throughout the year.
The uneven-ness and splatter embedded in the images are deliberate devices used to break the clarity and cleanliness of the digital line. Plant features make unlikely combinations—flowers of an emerging spring married to the dead leaves of winter – locating it seasonally into an early September Melbourne.
Below: Conjunctions and illustrative options
Seed Cards of Callistemon citrinus (Lemon-scented Bottlebrush), Ocimum basilicum (Basil Sweet Genova), and Origanum vulgare (Common Oregano).
Below: Tram Sky Breakers: Advertising for the event.