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CHURCHILL

The Road-as-Shrine is an ongoing project involving the research, construction, management and monitoring of a native flower memorial garden to the victims of rural road accidents. Initially planted in November 2003, it is located on a 500-metre section of Hazelwood Road, a rural road near Churchill in the La Trobe Valley, Victoria.

The project queries how we can privilege process and dynamic forces in memorial design and how this may be a catalyst for reconsideration of the idea of memorialisation itself. It considers site specific landscape systems as central to a memorial's design, stressing ephemeral elements (seasonal flowering, species succession) and forces (fire, rain, etc) whose effect are manifested through a series of evolving roadside gardens.