royal botanic gardens melbourne 1999

Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens’ Observatory Gate development provided a new public entry to these world-acclaimed botanic gardens.

The development included landscaping, a new Visitor Centre, and refurbishment and interpretation of important heritage buildings on the site including examples of Victorian scientific observatories, built at first for telescopic astronomy but later adapted to exploit the then-new technology of photography and innovative esoteric explorations such as magnetic observation.

In association with X Squared Design and Robert Wirth, I assisted RBG staff in the conception, design, fabrication and installation of an interpretive plan for the new development. In addition, I researched and wrote copy for the comprehensive interpretation signage panels installed across the site.

gary warner 2012


concept development
research and writing
coordination of design and graphics
installation supervision

Contract Period
May 1998 — Aug 1999