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Front of BAAG with Still Life I sculpture by Lachlan Plain, signage by Justin Purser, mural by Meredith Plain

Front of BAAG with Still Life I sculpture by Lachlan Plain, signage by Justin Purser, mural by Meredith Plain

BAAG is privileged to operate in one of the most culturally significant regions for art in Melbourne, often referred to as the Valley of the Arts. The two most important Australian art movements, the Heidelberg School and the Angry Penguins, originated in this area. Heide Museum of Modern Art, which is just across the park from BAAG is an iconic art venue.

BAAG has placed emphasis on the arts and creativity in response to this location, and also the passion of the proprietors and some staff for the arts. This has enabled us to develop a unique identity, atmosphere and experience at BAAG.

One way of furthering those aims is shown by incorporating an increasing array of artworks in the structural fabric of BAAG and adopting a creative approach everything that we do.

The following are some examples of embedded artworks throughout BAAG, with links to descriptions for many of them

Part of the front fence at Bulleen Art & Garden – ceramic mural and colourful sculptural fence.

At the front of Bulleen Art & Garden

The front of BAAG is a colourful celebration of local artists that stretches for over 100 metres. It started with an overall concept and fence design by Akira Takizawa in 1995 and has been continually evolving since then. More than 8 local artists have been involved in creating this work. It makes a statement about who we are as well as contributing to the identity of our precinct.

The following shows the evolution of the front and the artists involved:

Overall concept: Akira Takizawa

Monumental Fence

recycled metal

Akira Takizawa (1995)

Ceramic Mural

3 x 5m

Meredith Plain (1995)

Yellow Metal Mural

Recycled metal & paint

Jodie Nunn & Lachlan Plain (2003)

Colour innovations for front fence,

Jodie Nunn & Lachlan Plain (2006)

BAAG entrance sign

Justin Purser (2006)

Sculpture with  signage

Justin Purser (2006)

Monumental Fence recycled metal Akira Takizawa (1995)
Monumental Fence recycled metal Akira Takizawa (1995)
Ceramic Mural, 3 x 5m, Meredith Plain (1995)
Ceramic Mural, 3 x 5m, Meredith Plain (1995)

Entrance – The Kitchen Garden Walk through the Edible Parterre (2007)

A coloured concrete path, following a vine with a pebble mosaiced stem and leaves studded with hand crafted ceramic vegetables, leading to the entrance to Bulleen Art & Garden. This walkway is lined with edible plants.

  • Overall concept – Joy Froebel
  • Coloured path with pebble mosaics – Crafted Landscapes
  • Ceramic vegetables – Meredith Plain

The four gardens were  designed and planted by 4 senior nursery staff.

Edible Parterre
Edible Parterre
Ceramic Mural by Giuseppe Raneri.
Ceramic Mural by Giuseppe Raneri.

Ceramic Tile Murals

I’ll get the titles!

Giuseppe Raneri (installed 2007)

Simon Woke

freestanding mural

Lachlan Plain. Dec (2009)

Still life with Fruit I

Fibre Glass sculpture

Lachlan Plain (2014)

Still life with Fruit II

Fibre Glass sculpture

Lachlan Plain (2016)

Chook cylinders

Meredith Plain (2016)

 

Bollards.

Recycled metal, laser cut designs

Tim Read (2018)

Sculpture garden bridge with fence by Nicola Hoyle
Sculpture garden bridge with fence by Nicola Hoyle

Inside Bulleen Art & Garden

Artworks are dotted throughout throughout BAAG. If there is a new project we will usually commission an artist to add an individual mark. They are there to entertain  out visitors, but also get them thinking – about sustainability and the environment, as well as gardening.

Bolin Bolin Gallery

Sign and ceiling panels

Nicola Hoyle (2015)

Sculpture Garden

Fence and Sign
Nicola Hoyle (2017)

The Final Journey of Pedro Piscator

11 x 5m  mural

Lachlan Plain (2012)

Habitat Tree

Ceramic sculpture installation

Meredith Plain (2008)

Bunjil

metal sculpture

Joel Medley (2013)

Symphony In Bee Minor 

mural

Lachlan Plain (2011)

Pink Mural

Lachlan Plain (2011)

Possum Slide

ceramic sculpture & fibre  glass slide

Meredith Plain (2010)

Blue Dinosaur mural

Jodie Nunn (2009)

Flower Mural                                                          Paul Kalemba (2009)

Hand cut metal

signs around nursery

Justin Purser (2004 – 2008)

Bunjil , by Joel Medley, in the Habitat Tree overlooking Bulleen Art & Garden
Bunjil , by Joel Medley, in the Habitat Tree overlooking Bulleen Art & Garden

Bolin Bolin Gallery acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as traditional custodians of the land now known as Manningham. We pay our respects to Wurundjeri Elders past, present and emerging, and value their ongoing contribution to the cultural heritage of the area.

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