Two more impressive art works that are here in Hobart as part of the DARK MOFO winter festival.
Solid Light Works – by Anthony McCall
A dark boat travels up the River Derwent estuary each evening, with a pencil thin searchlight sweeping the shoreline. It looks good as the light creeps around the far shore, unfortunately my iPhone has not captured this.
Pulse Column – by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
8 searchlights point straight up into the sky. We’ve seen this from our apartment and various points in the city. Today, as we walked up close we understood the full effect of the installation. We joined a queue to take turns gripping two handles. The lights then pick up the individual’s pulse. It was fun to see the different pulse rhythms as people moved on. Kids pulses are much faster than adults.
Last August, as part of the UK’s commemoration of the First World War Centenary, London had a light installation by the Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda. “Spectra” consisted of 49 lights aimed straight up into the sky. The searchlight beam could be seen for miles. We visited this on a rainy evening, loving the effect up close as well as from a distance.
That particular installation was in Hobart for the first Dark Mofo festival in 2013.
Go Hobart !
A couple of photos from London.