Mengjie Ying is a Public Art student living in Melbourne. She was a landscape architect when she lived in China. Her landscape design project explores urban renewal, the re-planning of public spaces and updating of textures of urban surfaces, and integrates Chinese traditional culture into a range of public spaces.
Different from simply beautifying the public environment, Mengjie pays attention to the needs of the general public and integrates Chinese traditional culture into public space. Mengjie is interested in how artificial landscapes are often categorised as a battle with people versus nature, and questions how we can intervene in the artificial landscapes of the city.
This project explored the artificial landscapes of Melbourne by inviting people to become a landscape designer. Adopting the principles of Zen, Mengjie employed simple materials and tools to shift layers of artificial landscapes. She invited audiences to participate by changing the surface of different land surfaces and observe the impact of this action on themselves, the space and other people.