garden of fire and water: avoca chinese garden (lindy lee artist in residence)

Dundas Street Avoca, 2013 – 2014

Avoca’s ‘Small Town Transformation’ begins with the creation of a garden that recognises the current silence around the significant contribution of thousands of Chinese people who have been part of this area since the 1850’s.


The garden of Fire and Water will thus become an ongoing reminder of our shared history, enriching our sense of place with a sustainable town garden. It will also create future possibility by providing a lasting place for community cultural activities and a place for relaxation, contemplation and reflection, thus transforming how we might live together in the town and how we might welcome visitors.” (from the invitation to the official opening)

The garden was created over 18 months and officially opened on October 11, 2014

Lindy Lee lead artist, Mel Ogden landscape artist, Lyndal Jones project/artistic director, Martin Wynn plantsman and local expert, with a committee of local residents, TAP as lead partner 


Opening of the Gate: Mr Russell Jack AM, Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo


Unveiling of the Scholar Rock: Ms Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney