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Students working with staff from the Royal Botanic Gardens.18 December 2018

St John’s School, Footscray, is looking to nature for creative inspiration.

Students have been working with staff from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria on a biomimicry unit and referencing organic forms to design an art installation for the school. Inspired by the three pillars of community, faith and growth, students have sketched and sculpted a variety of shapes while learning about the natural world. The school will begin working on the sculpture in 2019.

‘This has been a way for our students to see nature differently, instead of just focusing on materials’, said school principal Gemma Goodyear. ‘It’s a way our students can design a sculpture that represents who we are as a school.’

The biomimicry unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens is currently being developed for secondary schools.