David Wong, Roof landscape
David Wong’s work blurs the boundaries between art and horticulture. David worked with the City of Melbourne’s landscape design team to develop a concept for the roofscape of CH2. The intention is that garden and art blend uniformly - it is not obvious where one begins and one ends.
Using a mixture of indigenous and non-indigenous plants suited to the light and climate conditions on the roof, the garden transitions between the formal built urban environment to less formal patterns echoing the bush.
Large organic stainless steel mesh climbing forms, along with a lyrical flowing mesh curtain along the plant room wall on the south side of the building, provide climbing frames for the plants. Stainless steel rings of varying sizes are attached to the mesh to create vortex shapes, echoing the organic forms and cycles occurring in nature.
A very large bluestone boulder has been sliced into flitches to create two installations – providing spaces for plants to grow, in between and around the flitches.
In the overall roof design, the East Core wall is considered to reflect the bush – David has designed a stylised representation of the bush using bluestone rock caps and rusted steel columns. The west face of each of the turbine walls have the same treatment, so that if one is at the urban end looking towards the bush end, there is a series of ‘bush’/’dreaming’ walls.
These blend harmoniously with the patina of naturally aged timbers, the neutral finish of concrete and the collection of climbers, foliage and grasses.