Repair, Venice Biennale, Italy

Client: 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Artist: Linda Tegg

Architect: Baracco and Wright Architects

Ten thousand native Victorian grassland plants are a distinct presence in the Australian pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, entitled Repair, was curated by Melbourne architects Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright of Baracco and Wright Architects in collaboration with artist Linda Tegg.

Within the white-box interior of the pavilion, the organic mounds of Grasslands Repair work with the linear Skylight, an LED light installation designed by NDYLIGHT that sustains the plants, and the interspersed human forms of visitors to create an elegant and visually striking composition. With grasses strategically planted in clusters also outside the building, overall the installation is skilfully woven into the available spaces, convincingly occupying the pavilion in a manner that is grounded and cohesive.