Tree of Knowledge

Tree of Knowledge



Peter Latona


Bronze, stone


South Canberra




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This sculpture honours Australian writers and the part played by landscape in our literature. The streets of Garran are named after Australian writers and members of the Garran family. Local stone forms the base of this cast bronze sculpture which reflects playfully on relationships between human knowledge and our native landscape.

Tree of Knowledge (poem) by Peter Latona

Roads of writers
Curl around Garran’s blocks
Like ribbons around gifts of wisdom
Blocks of stone, books of rocks
Lessons offered from the earth
Ancient as intuition, obvious as clean air
Forests of fauna
Chopped, pulped, papered, printed
Into literature and extinction lists
Tree of knowledge
Top-heavy, teetering, poised to topple
Like children’s blocks stacked up and up
Stacks of options

Peter Latona
Tree of Knowledge, 2010
Bronze, stone
Garran Shopping Centre