Is there anything more iconic Greek than the Parthenon?
The ancient, crumbling former temple dominates the hill of the Acropolis in Athens. But in November there will be a modern recreation of it in the garden of NGV International.
called Temple of Tree, the joint project of Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang – of the Melbourne architecture firm NWMN – is the winning design of the annual NGV Architecture Commission. The national competition is an opportunity for architects to create a temporary, site-specific structure for the gallery’s Grollo Equiset Garden.
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The colossal new imagination will be sprinkled with colorful large-scale works by local artists as a way to encourage Melburnians to appreciate both the beauty of the ancient ruins (while seeing them in a whole new light) and the effect of time on all architecture. .
“One of the most famous examples of classical architecture, the Parthenon in Athens is often seen as a powerful symbol of Western art and culture,” NGV Director Tony Ellwood AM said in a statement.
Named for the vibrations of music, “This thought-provoking work by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang invites us to reflect on how we create and imbue architecture with meaning, and how this meaning can shift across time periods and cultures.”
Temple of Tree will be on display at NGV International’s Grollo Equiset Garden from November 16. Entrance is free.