7 March 2013

National Archives release a splendid vision

| Barcham
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This International Woman’s Day our friends at the National Archives are republishing a tribute to the works of Marion Mahony Griffin.

The new edition of A Vision Splendid: How the Griffins imagined Australia’s capital includes a fully
illustrated set of Marion’s artworks for the Federal Capital Design Competition and has been
republished to meet popular demand. The book was originally published in 2002 to accompany
an exhibition of the works which formed part of Walter Burley Griffin’s entry in the competition.

The revised edition tells the story of the Griffin partnership and expands on the content of the
National Archives latest exhibition Design 29: creating a capital which features the original artworks.
It also includes the designs of other finalists, many unseen for 100 years.

‘The quality of Marion Mahony Griffin’s panoramic visions, drawn on cloth and highlighted in
gold leaf, has not diminished with age,’ said David Fricker, Director-General of the National
Archives. ‘For a century, the Griffin plans and drawings have attracted the interest of art lovers,
architects, town planners, landscape architects, historians and Griffin enthusiasts. They are
among the most treasured items in the National Archives’ collection and listed on UNESCO’s
Australian Memory of the World register.

If you’re intereste, A Vision Splendid: How the Griffins imagined Australia’s capital is available at The
Archives Store for $19.95 or through the National Archives e-shop.

While we’re on the subject you should go check out Design 29 at the archives, because it is excellent.

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