Author(s): Tempe Macgowan
For over twenty years, Vladimir Sitta has provoked and inspired landscape architects, garden designers and garden owners. At once poetic and technologically creative - and in both, fearlessly so - his design work constantly challenges established norms. The elemental forces of nature, earth, fire, water and gravity are vividly revealed through his artistry and the sensory, intellectual and imaginative responses that such artistry demands. This book showcases some of Vladimir Sitta's most distinctive gardens and provides the first comprehensive review of his work and his unique contribution to garden design. While he has an international reputation and practice, it is through his Australian garden designs that his distinctive voice is most clearly heard, and most of the gardens shown here - including the Red Garden, the Garden of Fire, the Sky Pool Garden and the astonishing Garangula - have been made in Australia. In the prologue leading critic Julian Raxworthy considers in depth the elements and allusions apparent in Sitta's garden designs - and in the fluent and flowing drawings Sitta refers to as 'doodles' or 'fragments', which have provided the starting point for many of the gardens. In this revealing and magnificently illustrated book, Vladimir Sitta emerges as perhaps the most inventive, disturbing and memorable garden designer of our times.
Tempe Macgowan is a Sydney-based award-winning landscape architect, urban designer and design writer. Since the mid-1980s she has written on landscape architecture, art, sculpture and urban design. She was one of the first landscape architects to reach out beyond the profession to engage a broader audience with her writing. Julian Raxworthy is Principal Landscape Architect with Donovan Hill, Brisbane, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology and a leading writer on landscape architecture. His current PhD studies with the University of Queensland concern change and landscape architecture.