In preparing the plan of this Art Centre every effort has been made to
secure a symmetry in its proportions, its outer lines and decorations, corres-
ponding to the unity of purpose dominating the whole, and at the same time
to offer a practical solution for the modern study of art in all its aspects in
the most ideal and advantageous surroundings.
The Gardens surrounding this Art Centre and connecting it in the rear
with the Olympic or Physical Culture Centre are not conceived merely as a
THE GRAND CANAL
decorative setting, but are arranged to be of direct use to the artist, and of
interest to the general public.
On either side, separated by avenues and easily accessible, Botanical and
Zoological Gardens are carefully planned to give the student an opportunity
of studying plants and animals of artistic value in form and colour. Practical,
scientific arrangements have been considered for housing the animals so that
they may be seen and studied as nearly as possible under the conditions of
their natural surroundings. Such gardens as allow them the appearance of
full liberty have been taken as models. An Aquarium and Aviaries for land
and water birds have been given their appropriate setting.
A broad T shaped Lake, or Grand Canal, occupies the centre. Terraces,