The Grounds and Pathway
Designed by the Australian architect Allan Powell, TarraWarra Museum of Art is situated at the apex of a hill, offering a spectacular, resonant and panoramic experience of the Yarra Valley—Wurundjeri Country—with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and distant Toolangi rainforest across planted vines, native bushland and farmland.
With its lush lawns and avenue planting, visitors can experience the landscape setting, seasonal displays of the natural surrounds, and the Museum’s outdoor sculptures, by taking a meandering pathway that winds around the Museum grounds.
A circular walking path, designed by Kate Seddon Landscape Design, begins with a welcome area near the lower carpark, before heading up past Callum Morton’s Valhalla, and across the entry road with Jeffrey Smart-inspired arrows that continue as arrow-shaped steps up the hill. An unmarked walk takes visitors alongside the rammed earth façade of the Museum, and then back down the hill again past the vines, pausing at a lakeside deck, before turning in a serpentine form which reflects the curves of Clement Meadmore’s Awakening, and returning to the lower carpark.
Kate Seddon’s pathway nestles into the subtle and ever-changing natural terrain, sitting lightly on and in respect of this ancient land.