Exotica at the Eel Pond
Artist: Janet Bathgate, Nelson
This work references the evolution of introductions to New Zealand (plants, animals, language, design, cultural traditions). New Zealand today has one of the greatest ethnic diversities of all countries in the world. The Queen's Gardens reflects diversity, with its mix of Mahitahi ox-bow lake eel pond, Victorian garden design, Chinese garden design, plant species from all corners of the globe – and for Light Nelson, decorations of digital technology. What mix of culture, fashion and technology will determine its future?