Royal Park: The Last Summer

Sugar gum, Ryder Oval. Chromogenic photograph. From Royal Park - The Last Summer. Photographs by David Tatnall.
Royal Park – The Last Summer. Photographs by David Tatnall.

Royal Park is the only bushland park in the City of Melbourne – 170 hectares in size, just three kilometres from the GPO. Royal Park is public land and belongs to all Victorians.

The Last Summer Project is a series of large format photographs made of Royal Park, in the summer of 2013 – 2014. Threatened by the massive East – West road project – this could be the last summer for Royal Park.  New photographs will be added to this website regularly during 2014. An exhibition of the photographs will be shown at fortyfivedownstairs gallery in Melbourne from 11 – 22 March 2014.

The Last Summer Project is auspiced by The Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri People as the traditional owners of this land.

  • Dates: Tuesday 11 to Saturday 22 March 2014
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm | Saturday 12pm to 4pm
  • Artist talk: Saturday 15 March 1-2pm | Admission: Free

The Guardian: David Tatnall captures the spirit of Melbourne’s Royal Park (11 March 2014)
This collection of works – The Last Summer – were taken in Royal Park during Melbourne’s hot and dry summer of 2013-14 with the hope of conveying the spirit and tranquillity of Royal Park. Royal Park – The Last Summer is showing at the fortyfive downstairs gallery until 22 March.

One thought on “Royal Park: The Last Summer”

  1. Julianne Bell says:

    David Tatnall spent the summer in Royal Park photographing its open woodlands and grasslands..Most photos were taken in the proposed construction zones for this massive East West Link expected to traverse Royal Park in open cut (maybe cover later) plus cross Ross Straw Field in 5 giant aerial roadways. 5323 trees will be axed As the contractor will have until 2020 to start work and 2030 to complete the project and as trees take at least 15 years to put on some growth then we could have a complete moonscape across the Park until 2045! Just how old will you be by then? Thus at least 2 generations will be deprived of parkland. Shame on the Napthine Government for this outright vandalism of our prime parkland. Julianne Bell PPL VIC

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