Strathewen Bushfire Memorial

Winner of the ALIA President’s Award

Client: Strathewen Community, Victoria, Australia

In collaboration with Urban Initiatives, Memorials Working Group

A simple concept of four tear drops falling onto the landscape provided the physical form from which the community of Strathewen could begin to overlay their story of the event. Each circle carries its own theme of beauty, loss, rebuilding, hope and rejuvenation. Individual stories from community members were sourced to create a collective voice. We referenced the Japanese style of Haiku poetry with minimal words and no punctuation, to focus on the essence of their experience.

More detail:

Article - The State President’s Award for Landscape Architecture is awarded to Strathewen Community Bushfire Memorial.

Film - The recovery big stories small towns

RACV Article - my story

RACV Article - memorials help communities heal

Arterial Design Strathewen Bushfire memorial
Arterial Design Strathewen Bushfire memorial