Sydney Living Museums
Museum of Sydney
6 November 2020 until 18 April 2021
The Paradise on Earth exhibition at the Museum of Sydney incorporated an immersive environment called The Enchanted Valley. Created by illuminart and the Sydney Living Museums exhibition team, Enchanted Valley was a digital reimagining of Castlecrag’s Haven Amphitheatre that captured the colours, textures and changing moods of the Australian bushland, interpreting the artwork of Marion Mahoney Griffin in an delightful format for families.
Celebrating Mahony’s fascination with and deep respect for the natural environment, the digital day/night sequence drew on the colours and linework of Mahony’s evocative Forest Portraits in unexpected and playful ways. Visitors were also able to participate in the Forces of Nature activity hub, adding to the collaborative bush artwork and discovering more about Mahony’s belief in the forces that shape and build our natural world.
a key innovation of the Museum of Sydney’s exhibition ... [Enchanted Valley] makes it possible to grasp in an intuitive, rather than pedagogical fashion, the visionary intent at the heart of the Griffins’ planning and design ethos.Ella Mudie, Foreground
Media production and installation by illuminart Australia for Sydney Living Museums, 2020, ‘Enchanted Valley’ interprets the artwork and voice of Marion Mahoney Griffin into an immersive installation that opened on 6th November 2020 and finished on 18 April 2021.
- Kieran Larking (Sydney Living Museums) Exhibition Designer
- Jacqui Newling (Sydney Living Museums) Senior Curator
- Cindi Drennan Media Producer
- Craig Laurendet Technical Director (Projection, Interactives)
- Verity Brookes Project Coordinator
- Zero Shaw Animator & Compositor
- Andy McIntyre Technical Project Manager
- Alice Peacock Animator
- John Simpson Foley Artist
- Adam Katz Interactive Programming
- Michael Van Der Linden Interactive Device Support
- Anne-Louise Falson (Sydney Living Museums) Installation Elements
- Tom Hetheridge Technical Support
In the Media
Paradise lost: The forgotten landscape legacy of Marion Mahony Griffin – an article by Ella Mudie in Foreground, November 27, 2020 https://www.foreground.com.au/culture/paradise-lost-the-forgotten-landscape-legacy-of-marion-mahony-griffin/
Paradise on Earth is open at the Museum of Sydney until Sunday 18 April 2021. The enchanted valley is included with general museum admission. Members and children under 5 years enjoy free museum entry.
For more information and to make a booking, visit Museum of Sydney web site
Enchanted Valley is part of SLM’s 2020 program in the Paradise on Earth exhibition, which celebrates the impact of Marion Mahony Griffin – her lifelong connection to community, nature and the environment along with her inspired ideas for utopian residential living realised in the suburb of Castlecrag. Paradise on Earth will be presented through dramatic installations and a selection of Marion’s drawings and writings, as well as objects, photos and a newly commissioned film project.
Media production and installation by illuminart Australia for Sydney Living Museums, 2020, ‘Enchanted Valley’ interprets the artwork and voice of Marion Mahoney Griffin into an immersive installation that opened on 6th November 2020 and will end on 18 April 2021.
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