Penelope Lee

In his book, Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino writes: ‘the metropolis has the added attraction that, through what it has become, one can look back with nostalgia at what it was.’ Now a thriving metropolis, Canberra is a palimpsest of Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin’s original design for an ‘ideal city’. I spent my formative years in Canberra, when it too was just a teenager. I witnessed the damming of the Molonglo River and consequent birth of Lake Burley Griffin, so pivotal in the Griffins’ design. This work celebrates the Griffins’ city plan as an invisible thread connecting the traces of Canberra’s past with those of its future.

Acrylic, digital prints, paper, ink, gold leaf, nylon filament, metallic thread