Wide Brown Land

wide brown land

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Marcus Tatton, Futago and Chris Viney


Corten Steel


South Canberra




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I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

This artwork celebrates Dorothea Mackellar's popular Australian poem My Country which was written in 1908. The sculptural forms that make up the work are inspired by the cursive style of Mackellar's own hand-writing. The artwork frames a wide vista that stretches across the National Arboretum Canberra to the hills that mark Canberra's western and southern boundaries.

Marcus Tatton, Futago and Chris Viney
wide brown land, 2010
Corten Steel
National Arboretum Canberra