Almost one hundred years ago, The Old Melbourne Cemetery was itself entombed under the asphalt of an expanding Queen Victoria Market.
By reflecting upon - and then expanding on – the recurring act of digging and excavation that has permeated the site’s history, this project examines the role of cemeteries as vital cultural, historical and spiritual public spaces.
Throughout the history of the site, remains of those interred at the cemetery have been disturbed by infrastructural and building additions. An excavated incision becomes a new memorial to those people. Through this incision, historical layers of the site and the city can be experienced.