In 2013, the nation’s capital turned 100. In celebration of this great milestone, the city held festivals, sent brilliantly lit hot air balloons up into the night sky, and commissioned a certain piece of art called the Skywhale.
Its citizens and admirers celebrated Canberra in their own ways. The result of one of these endeavours is Canberra Red, a collection of essays by some of Canberra – and Australia’s – best-known and loved authors, thinkers and artists. The essayists reflect on the influences that made Canberra what it is, what it could be in the future, and what Canberra means to them.
I spoke to one of the book’s editors: landscape architect and design academic, Andrew MacKenzie.
Canberra Red: Stories from the bush capital is edited by Andrew MacKenzie and David Headon, and published by Allen & Unwin.
Interview broadcasted on ArtSound FM.
Interview date: 15 August 2013.