Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Alternative Names
- Mahony, Marion Lucy (maiden name)
Canberra's initial depiction as a civic utopia was captured and communicated by the hand of Marion Mahony Griffin. A remarkably talented draftswoman, Mahony Griffin was responsible for the plan and perspective renderings which accompanied her husband Walter Burley Griffin's entry for the 1912 design competition for the new Australian capital. Lithographed onto cambric, the exquisite panels fanned out over twelve metres, shining with the golden, burnished splendor of the Australian bush. Conceived and created in less than ten weeks during a bitterly cold Chicago winter, Mahony Griffin enshrined a distinctively Australian landscape on the winning design, without ever having been to the southern site. Her grand vision was finished only when 'toward midnight of a bitterly cold winter night, the box of drawings, too long to go in a taxi, was rushed with doors open ... to the last train that could meet the last boat for Australia'.
Marion Mahony Griffin's creative force has hesitantly received richer recognition as her prowess as an architect and an artist have continued to be seen in a more independent light.