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Garden of the Grieving Mother

The ‘Garden of the Grieving Mother’ is a thoughtful and peaceful memorial garden that provides a tranquil place to pause and contemplate the sacrifices that inevitably arise during periods of war.

Situated within a network of memorials, it’s design aims to reconnect and strengthen the existing landscape into a unified Ballarat Remembrance precinct. The design focuses around two large-scale axis that intersect the site, linking both physically and visually to the Arch of Victory in the North and the Avenue of Honour to the West. At the very intersection of these axis sits Peter Corlett’s ‘Grieving Mother’ bronze sculpture on an elevated granite plinth. The orientation of the mother allows her a sweeping view across a thirteen-metre reflections pool upon which the Arch of Victory can be seen in the water’s undisturbed surface.

Slight variations in topography, materiality, lighting and mass planting schemes mean this evolving landscape can be appreciated seasonally to a variety of scales and interactions.

A collaboration between Setsquare Studio and Tom Harper (TOMD / Placemark Studio).

Image Credits: Caitlin Perry, Tom Harper and Sarah West

Winner of 2017 Heritage Award - 
Category: New Work or Development within a Heritage Area

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