Matt Shaw
The Underground Garden III
plants (grevillia), soil, rocks, burnt logs
(installation detail)

This is the third Underground Garden installation at Platform by horticulturalist and artist Matt Shaw for 2009. This work shifts the setting of the previous installation of Boxed In from the night cityscape that was slowly being taken over by plants, and transplants us into a slice of forest recently burned in the Black Saturday bushfires. Consisting of indigenous plants and burnt logs from his friends’ properties outside of Melbourne, Matt has created a memorial to not only the victims of the bushfires this year but shows us that new life always springs back from destruction.

Matt Shaw is a Melbourne based horticulturalist and artist specialising in creative and sustainable gardens, for more information visit Matthew Shaw Designs.