In Street Critique this month, a collaboration between Canberra Lab and artist Kathryn Scott, brings Walter Burley Griffin back to Canberra in a series of ‘Dear Marion’ installations throughout the city.
As a key figure in Canberra’s development, Walter’s point of view is now more relevant than ever. Dear Marion will engage the city and its inhabitants directly. Walter will appear throughout the city, sometimes offering critique, sometimes offering solutions. Passersby are encouraged to interact with Walter by reading the love letters he holds in his hand, addressed to his dear Marion.
On returning to Canberra, Walter finds himself alone amidst a strangely foreign landscape, his thoughts turning to the love of his life and co-author, his dear Marion. As Walter slowly rediscovers the nation’s capital in its current state, he comes to reinterpret and challenge the nature of his ‘the ideal city’ and he will capture his thoughts in a series of love letters which he holds in his hand.