Black Tea House: Memorial for the 2009 Bush Fires, is the culmination of Professor Terunobu Fujimori's visit to Melbourne for the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Due to illness, Aunty Bunta and Uncle Herb Patten, RMIT Indigenous Arts Unit, are unfortunately unable to talk about their experience with Indigenous shelters Mia Mias at ArtPlay.
However, visitors are welcome to the final weekend of RMIT Gallery's Shelter: On Kindness exhibition and a free traditional Japanese tea ceremony to be conducted under Terunobu Fujimori's amazing 4-metre high Black Tea House: Memorial to the 2009 Bush Fires.
Professor Fujimori constructed the tea house within RMIT Gallery with the help of more than 50 RMIT art and architecture students.
Professor Fujimori visitied the property of RMIT alumnus Dean Cerneka, whose Kinglake West property was burnt out.
“I see this as a respectful and symbolic gesture, one culture learning from another about the loss we have suffered here and the impact that nature has on this landscape,” Mr Cerneka said.
Professor Fujimori chose the last pieces of supporting timber and symbolic sculptural piece for the tea house while at Kinglake. He then added bright green moss and asparagus in the window ledge as a symbol of the regrowth of the bush.
"My tea house is a phoenix," he said.
The gallery is located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central Railway Station and can be reached by trams traveling on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, including the City Circle Tram.
Limited street parking is available.