The Gathering Place
In 2007, a meeting took place between an environmentalist and an architect to discuss the creation of a small rotunda on a bend of Native Hut Creek in Teesdale, Victoria. Stewart Seaton and Stephen Murphy’s discussion was to become the catalyst for an extraordinary project that would stretch out over 5 years, involve several artists, countless community groups, dozens of volunteers and hundreds of Teesdale residents. Taking its inspiration from a local inhabitant of Native Hut Creek, the eastern long-necked turtle, the designs laid the foundation for the creation of a physical heart for the community. The result is an inspiring meeting and performance space, an iconic landmark and a sense of identity and pride for the local residents. ‘Turtle Bend’ was born.