St Andrews Place, East Melbourne
The project is an unpicking of a certain kind of State Space. A site that only held the sanctioned voice of “the civic” now makes space for other voices,
Other invitations, and other forms of occupation.
A political and societal shift has occurred, signaling a state of regress. A significant site. Bookending a particular time, a particular place. Adjacency. The Commonwealth. The Fitzroy Gardens. An authoritative voice borrowing the landscaped vistas beyond. Firm. Defiant. Present. Silent.
Purple planting is employed as a signifier of the memorial’s cause. This is not simply a landscape intervention. This is a formal and political intervention.
Family Violence is not ‘concluded’
Acknowledgment of the immeasurable
But individual memories
This is a memorial in motion
A memorial that provides the space for this acknowledgment to occur. Resilient. Silent.
An erosion of colonial cultural heritage
A smudging of the past
In this role, architecture is the advocate for societal change
It is the enabler for education. It is the enabler of many voices.
It listens. It sits. It nurtures. Resilient. Firm.
A collaging of parts to make a whole
These are not singular gestures they are informed gestures
A slippage of form
Feet touching the ground
A meeting of parts, a meeting of cultures
This is not one voice, this is many
DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS
Sarah Lyn Rees, JCB
Phil Gardiner, WSP
TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS AND CULTURAL ADVISORS
Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural
Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
Boon Wurrung Foundation
Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal
STAKEHOLDERS AND COLLABORATORS
Department of Premier and Cabinet,
Office for Women
City of Melbourne
Victims Survivors’ Advisory Council
Forced Adoption Practices