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    Land Art: a DCM architecture exhibition

    Geraldine Chua

    A new exhibition at the University of Sydney’s Tin Sheds Gallery will showcase the work of Denton Corker Marshall (DCM), the architecture practice behind buildings such as the Melbourne Museum, Sydney’s Governor Phillip Tower, and the UK’s new Stonehenge Visitor Centre.

    Land Art: Nine Small Buildings feature DCM's smaller design projects, reflecting the firm’s interest in compositions that unify architecture and the Australian landscape.

    Through models, photographs and drawings of nine small buildings, the exhibition will reveal the story about the challenges and approach of the practice.

    “As Europeans, we took over the countryside and intervened to make our mark. Our interest is in exploiting this contrast through our architecture and its place in Australian landscape – sculptures in the landscape – land art,” says Founding Partner John Denton.

    Founded in 1972, DCM’s approach to architecture can be linked to the influence of the 1970s art movement ‘Land Art’, which is characterised by earthworks and monumental landscape sculptures.

    Seven of the buildings featured in Land Art are residential houses set within diverse Victorian landscapes. From Phillip Island, Cape Schank and the Yarra Valley, to Carlton in Melbourne, each project has a different story and is set within a contrasting landscape and environment.

    The other two projects are from overseas: the Stonehenge Visitor Centre in the UK and the new Australia pavilion in Venice’s Giardini della Biennale.

    What: Land Art: Nine Small Buildings

    Where: Tin Sheds Gallery, Wilkinson Building, The University of Sydney, Camperdown

    When: 13 February – 4 April 2014

    Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-5pm. Official opening on 20 March, 6-8pm.

    Cost: Free

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