Ephemerality in Melbourne – an update on Botanist of the Pavement

A couple of months back we brought you news of artist Julie Shiels and her ongoing CityTraces project (see the initial post here: ‘Botanist of the Pavement’).

We’re now more than halfway along, with the project set to culminate in a gallery showing at 45 Downstairs in November, and our city’s Botanist of the Pavement has been leaving traces behind for others to contemplate.

The most recently photographed object in the Botanist series sent a little shiver down my spine, when I thought about how briefly that piece of card would be there for, considering it’s placement…

Check the locations listed beneath the photographs; a mysterious source informs me that Caledonia Lane and Tattersalls Lane are among the most likely places to find future artifacts.

The same source advises, “Taking them home is de rigeur”… which makes you think. There could be something happening here, between the ephemerality of the pieces and the need for permenanence and preservation that a collector feels. Or perhaps it has more to do with the work being absorbed into the city (and occasionally it’s population) itself?

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