Walk inside the Art – Dark Mofo

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It’s the last weekend of Hobart’s annual winter festival. There are various art installations across the city for “Dark Mofo”.

Here are just a few of them. Free, large scale, installations, open to everyone. Art that engages you, surrounds you, absorbs you, promotes discussion.

“Leviathan” by Matthew Schreiber
A massive geometrical sculpture wrought from lasers and light.IMG_5735IMG_5726IMG_5734IMG_5743

“Winter Fires”
Footpaths amongst the low level flames.IMG_5699IMG_5706IMG_5708IMG_5707

“Spectra” by Ryoji Ikeda
49 searchlights that reach up to 15 kms into the night sky. A beautiful, spiritual experience, especially in the rain.IMG_6019IMG_E6030IMG_6021IMG_6090IMG_6010

This is the view from our place, 15 kms from Spectra’s location.DSC01660

Paint the Town Red – Part 1

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As Hobart prepares to welcome it’s annual DARK MOFO festival, the city is glowing a warm red colour. Multiple buildings and structures are lit by red lights. These were the first to “paint the town red”.

This is the Tasman Bridge which crosses the River Derwent, linking the city to the Eastern Suburbs, airport and East Coast scenic route and Tasman Peninsular.DSC01548DSC01543

This is Wrest Point Hotel and Casino.DSC01558

Willow Court

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This is Willow Court. A three-sided building with verandah, surrounding a central quadrangle. It dates back to 1830.IMG_5429IMG_1973IMG_2003IMG_5424IMG_1993

Originally, it was a barracks for sick and infirm convicts. Other buildings were added to the site, 23 in total between 1830 and 1968.IMG_2542IMG_2048IMG_2007IMG_2095IMG_2005

Over the years, the name of the institution housed here changed … invalid depot … lunatic asylum … hospital for the insane … mental diseases hospital. These names reflected changes in the community and government attitude towards intellectual disability and mental illness.

In 2000 Willow Court closed its doors as patients were de-institutionalised and cared for within the community. Tasmania was the first state in Australia to adopt the “social model of care”.

Communities were left with large empty buildings and equally large maintenance bills, often too much for small municipal councils or state governments to bear through their rate payer/tax payer base. Theft, arson and vandalism all added to already growing problems of natural decay.

Today, some buildings have been renovated and re-purposed. A popular restaurant, a motel, antique shops, sets for film and tv filming, for art installations. There is talk of a museum. The Antique Shop is a fitting companion, linking items from the past to these historical buildings,

Other buildings continue to decay whilst new owners are sought.IMG_2100

Willow Court is of national significance as an asylum that was in continuous use for 170 years and as the first to close. It is still used in the education of students in disability, aged care and mental health.

All-time favourites

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This is the final Weekly Photo Challenge and we’ve been asked to share our favourites.

I’ll miss this challenge, opening my eyes to find a photo for the weekly theme, seeing how other bloggers have interpreted the prompt, being inspired by other people’s photos and techniques. Thank you to everyone who has liked and commented on my contributions over the past three and a half years x