Client: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, William Guilfoyle’s creativity was seen in his water storage solution of 1876. He built a volcano sculpture to store water, then planted curving avenues to replicate channels of overflowing lava. 135 years later, the volcano was unearthed and reinstated as a water storage facility with the added bonus of becoming a central focus for sustainability education.
A range of interpretive signage was designed by Arterial, who drew inspiration from the story of water, the plants and the volcanic structure. The signage sits comfortably in the landscape and provides multiple layers of information about sustainability and botanic history.