For over 200 years, Australia has been searching for its identity. Often, this has led to the imposition of inappropriate European cultural values on a very different, very harsh, southern continent. In architecture, most of all, the manifest error of implanting old world styles in this new world landscape has led to a desperate need for an open, independent architecture.
That need is answered by Glenn Murcutt and his development of a strong and attractive yet practical architectural form. He has achieved this through a close scrutiny of, and a great sensitivity for, Australian landscape and climate.
'Leave of Iron' is a fascinating look at Murcutt's life and the influences that shaped him into the artist he is today. It is the study of one very significant Australian and at the same time of the culture in which he works.