Canberra City Plan, Canberra, Australia, Plan

A work made of ink on linen.

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  • A work made of ink on linen.

Date:

c. 1912

Artist:

Marion Mahony Griffin (American, 1871-1962)
Walter Burley Griffin (American, 1876-1937)

About this artwork

In 1912 Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin won one of the largest international competitions in modern history to design a new capital city for Australia at Canberra. Their entry intertwined the natural features of the site—three mountains and a river turned into a man-made lake—and axial Beaux-Arts–inspired plans. The design was intended to avoid the indifferent sprawl of the gridded industrial city for one anchored by views of landmarks and future monuments, while celebrating the democratic character of the new capital. As a new urban space created out of nothing, Walter Burley believed that their design was a model for the city and country of the future.

On View

Architecture and Design, Gallery 285

Artist

Marion Mahony Griffin (Architect)

Title

Canberra City Plan, Canberra, Australia, Plan

Origin

Canberra

Date

1912

Medium

Ink on linen

Dimensions

104 × 76 cm (40 15/16 × 30 in.) Mounted on heavy linen backing 112.5 × 85.5 cm.

Credit Line

Gift of Marion Mahony Griffin through Eric Nicholls, 1949

Reference Number

1988.418.8

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