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Orpheus’ Odyssey: Inhabiting the Threshold between the City and the Cemetery

The death of Eurydice brought Orpheus to descend into the underworld in the hope of her return. This project, Orpheus’ Odyssey: Inhabiting the Threshold between the City and the Cemetery, investigates the potential of a third space that lies between the two conditions of the Melbourne General Cemetery, and the immediate inner urban context that surrounds it. This project inhabits an edge that is thickened and then populated by a series of scenarios that augment the existing urban condition, and bear witness to the shared formalities of the cemetery. One foot either side, this project realises Orpheus’s first step, straddling the city of the living and Melbourne’s necropolis.

Dendy Ng has been awarded the "Artichoke Prize for Excellence in Design Communication" in Interior Architecture at the 2013 MADA Now exhibition.

Dendy Ng
The Junction
2013

One leads to the necropolis and one leads to the next part of Orpheus’ journey. A wall of light illuminates to breathe life to both sides of the passageway during night time.

Dendy Ng
The Meadow
2013

Moveable stools and raised platforms reform the boundary of the cemetery, creating a new journey that is indifferent, yet bearing a semblance to Orpheus’.

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