There is really nothing better than the smell of the local, coastal bearded heath in September. A beautiful sample of the coastal bearded heath which covers the south western coast of Southern Victoria, Australia can be found in the Portland Botanic Gardens; a piece of land which it possibly once covered entirely. This awkwardly, shaped hardy, shrub feeds the local native bees. We have approximately 1500 species of native bees in Australia. It has a tiny tiny flower about 2-5 millimetres across. On the bush the flowers come in tiny, tiny bunches. Now if we were to times their size 10 to the power of 10 or make this tiny flower 10 billion times bigger and walk its shape in the gardens it would become the shape of the star above. I walked the shape of the coastal bearded heath flower around the gardens to create this virtual artistic pathway. At the point of each of the walked petals exists a truly magnificent tree.
The first point starts at the Moreton Bay Fig planted in the 1850s
The second point reaches the Atlantic Cedar
The third point reaches the Red Flowering Gum
The fourth point touches a ancient English Oak planted in the late 1800’s
The fifth point reaches a giant Cow Itch tree.
From the smallest flower to the biggest tree.
The biggest tree in the gardens is possibly the Moreton Bay Fig Tree, planted between the1850-1860 mark, on the right hand side as you enter the Portland Botanic Gardens. The pathway below has been created by walking the shape of this tree around the gardens in a meditative walk.
A local myth exists about this tree. It is said that it is the burial site for a baby which died on a ship on the way to Portland in the early 1800’s. I always feel very moved when walking past this tree. The below images were made in response to this story.
Digital Photographic Stills from Stop Motion work.