Public Art : Palm ( aka Magnolia )
Sculptor : © Bronwyn Oliver
Date : Unveiled June, 1999.
Description : Copper sculpture of a seed
like form representing the palm and (some say) the magnolia. The sculpture symbolise the organic materials washed up on to Australian shores.
Location : Royal Botanic Gardens,
Before European settlement this foreshore was a mud flat. Seeds and flotsam were washed up by the
waves. Ships arrived on the tide in 1788 and crops were planted nearby soon afterwards. This area
been dedicated ever since to the introduction and propagation of plants reflecting the changing
and horticultural needs of the day.
This sculpture is intended to symbolise an elemental form washed up by the tide, blown by the wind,
eroded by water and laden with the potential for vigour and transformation. It began with the form of
the palm above.
Installed June 1999