By Jyll Bradley with Jonquil Panting
Music by Michael Sollis, performed by The Griffyn Ensemble
City of Trees is a multi-disciplinary project by UK artist Jyll Bradley reflecting upon Canberra’s 100 years through an exploration of the city’s remarkable tree-scapes. Collaborating with BBC radio producer Jonquil Panting, Bradley has created a suite of audio works, each exploring a particular tree-scape, or person for whom trees are a passion, profession or both. We encourage you to download the audio works onto a portable player or smartphone and take them to the location listed for each. Once there, find a tree to sit under whilst you listen. Or, if accessing remotely, simply tune in over the ether for a virtual visit to Canberra.
Jyll Bradley Photo: Charlie Hopkinson Jonquil Panting Photo: Jyll Bradley
The audio works are at the following locations:
Click on the individual links below to listen to or download the audio works.
Audio work 1: City of Trees….journey amongst a million trees
Location: Mount Ainslie Lookout, Mount Ainslie Drive, Majura
Audio work 2: Tree 20…explore the poetry of one tree
Location: Grassland with Red Box trees, corner of Alice Crist Street and Diane Barwick Street, Franklin
Audio work 3: Seeing Trees Not There…see eucalypts in a new light
Location: Sir Roland Wilson Building at the Australian National University, McCoy Ciruit; Old Canberra House, Liversidge Street Acton; Black Mountain Lookout, Black Mountain Drive, Acton
Audio work 5: Ngunnawal Country…listen to insights into Country
Audio work 6: Amongst the Oaks…meet one of Canberra’s best loved figures
Location: York Park Oaks Plantation, corner Kings Avenue and State Circle, Barton
Download a copy of the City of Trees audio works guide here.
Jyll Bradley and Jonquil Panting would like to thank the many contributors – artists, composers, poets, dendrologists, foresters, musicians, tree-lovers - who generously contributed their time and spirit to the City of Trees audio works. We would like to thank Robyn Archer and the Centenary of Canberra team for their commissioning of this project. It has been an honour to play a part in Canberra’s 100 years. Special thanks to Beverly Growden, Dan Watters, Marion Jones and Jane Keogh for working tirelessly to make it all happen.
Jyll Bradley would particularly like to thank her collaborator and friend Jonquil Panting for bringing her great talents and resilience to this remarkable shared journey.
City of Trees Exhibition
From 5 July – 7 October 2013 Jyll Bradley’s solo exhibition City of Trees is on display at the National Library of Australia. The show will be an immersive installation of photography, sound and drawings also arising from her time in Canberra.