Flying the flag for Melbourne
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne has teamed up with the NGV to host three beautiful botanically-inspired flags as part of the ‘On Top of the World: Flags for Melbourne’ public art project.
A key display in the NGV’s upcoming Melbourne Now exhibition, ‘On Top of the World’ sees 16 artists design flags that will fly from flagpoles across the city of Melbourne between November 2013 and March 2014.
Unveiled last weekend, the three silk flags designed by artist Rosslynd Piggott will fly on the roof of the National Herbarium of Victoria until 23 March.
Rosslyn explains that the three flowers depicted in the flags – Magnolia soulangiana, Cherry Blossom and Peony – are all highly symbolic.
“They are treasure flowers,” she explained. “Collected and cultivated by experts (and) celebrated and honoured in art, (they) are associated with nobility and with contained grace.”
Rosslyn’s flags also depict a circle, which represents how flags wave in the wind; a love heart, which is a call to kindness; and an infinity sign, which calls to the endlessness of sky and space.
The project is presented by Stewart Russell and Spacecraft Studio in collaboration with participating artists. As Clara from Spacecraft Studio explains, the project has helped her team discover Melbourne in a whole new way.
“Preparing to fly sixteen flags has given us access to some amazing parts of Melbourne. We’ve scaled ladders, negotiated rooftops and started recording Melbourne’s flagpole skyline,” she said.
Melbourne Now will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International from 22 November 2013 – 23 March 2014.