Australian National Botanic Gardens
Growing, studying and promoting Australian plants


GPO Box 1777
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone (02) 62509450
Facsimile (02) 62509599
Media enquiries: Anne Joyce 6250 9538


National Multicultural Festival comes to the Botanic Gardens!

Totems and Amulets - an exhibition of sculptures by Francine Secretan

'Throughout history people have forgotten to interpret the messages of their ancestors. Within every individual there is still a vestige of the significance of symbols.'

Francine Secretan is an internationally famous Swiss sculptor who has lived and worked in Bolivia for many years. The Gardens is the perfect setting for her dramatic metal and timber sculptures which represent universal charms and offerings to the spirits of place and the guardians of the world's environments.

Exhibition open to the public from Saturday 3 March to Sunday 18 March
9 am to 5 pm daily

Free Artist’s Talks: Thursdays, 8 and 15 March at 1 pm
Gardens’ Theatrette. Followed by a tour of the sculptures
For more information contact the Visitor Centre – (02) 6250 9540
Australian National Botanic Gardens, Black Mountain, Canberra
web site


Francine Secretan is in Canberra from 26 February to supervise the installation of the sculptures and is happy to meet with the media prior and during the exhibition which will be opened on Thursday,1 March at 6 pm by Dr Jörg Zutter, newly appointed Head of International Art at the National Gallery. Contact: Anne Joyce Public Relations Officer on (02 ) 6250 9538

This exhibition is

presented as part of the National Multicultural Festival in association with the Embassy of Switzerland

Proudly sponsored by Pro Helvetia, Arts Council of Switzerland and
Winterthur International