Simon Taylor Landart

Melbourne, Victoria
M: 0416 020 919
Email info@simontaylorlandart.com

Simon is an Australian based horticulturalist and landscape designer.
He holds a diploma in horticulture, degree in landscape architecture and Master’s in visual arts. His broad range of private and public commissions throughout the Asia Pacific region have included award winning parks, gardens and landart projects.

Simon has over 30 years experience restoring and developing botanically rich and diverse landscapes. He has an in depth understanding of land management practises, water conservation management and botanical diversity to enhance low maintenance growing systems, that thrive in site specific conditions. Recent experience has included drought proofing growing systems in arid regions of Australia. He has a particular interest in physic gardens and their herbal and medicinal objectives, with experience on projects in Australia, New Zealand, China and USA.

He is known for developing thriving gardens and growing systems that are able to survive the climatic conditions and low labour requirements of our present times.

His projects blur the boundaries between landart, landscape architecture, gardening, sculpture, and painting. He has restored and redesigned some of Melbournes largest historic gardens. As well as creating contemporary landscapes in Australia, New Zealand, and the Aust Consul-General Residency in Kobe, Japan. He has had numerous public and private sculpture commissions with an environmental focus including ʻSentinels x10ʼ for the National Botanical Gardens in Canberra. He regularly exhibits works in NZ and Aus comprising paintings of clay, soil, & tree sap, sourced and undertaken in remote landscapes in both countries. Amongst his latest projects are drought-proof edible landscapes, growing sculptures and drawings from weeds, and collaborating with remote aboriginal communities in the Kimberly region of North Western Australia.

Selected Projects

Australian Consul General’s Residence – Kobe, Japan . Auckland City, Sensory Gardens – Auckland Domain, New Zealand . Auckland City, Heard Park, ‘Village Square’ – Auckland, New Zealand . Hobson’s Bay Council, Rifle Range Sculptures – Melbourne, Australia . Heidi – MOMA Visual displays – John Brack’s exhibition ‘A Question of Balance’ . ChannelNine, on set sculpture, HalifaxM.D.’ .  Australian Children’s TV Foundation – O n set sculpture, Round the Twist . City of Port Philip, St.Kilda Festival – Site Planning & Documentation . Kooyong Tennis Club, Landscape Architecture – Melbourne, Australia . Melbourne University, Glenormiston Campus – Landart commission . Melbourne International Arts Festival, Gasworks – Installation in collaboration with Greg Clarke . Melbourne International Arts Festival, The Bridge – Construction in Process – Assistant to Professor Agnes Deans, Spiral Forest . Shortlisted for the ANZ Fellowship for sculpture ‘Wik’ . Melbourne University, Lecturer in Landscape Design – Glenormiston Campus