There is a stunning light in Hobart’s night sky. An art / light installation called “Spectra” created by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda. 49 searchlights that reach up to 15 kms into the night sky.
The light looks fabulous from a distance and up close.
I haven’t written here for a while, life has been busy. But I wanted to share the fun we’ve had at work with our Office Elves. It started as a Christmas decoration challenge, with our elf characters placed along the top of a partition.
But the elves have taken on a life of their own, getting up to mischief overnight.
The favourite was when the elves had a party at the photo copier.
As we approach Remembrance Day and commemorations to mark one hundred years since the end of the First World War, there is a beautiful tribute at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
“What began as a small personal tribute by two Australian women to honour their fathers who fought in World War II, became an international tribute of respect and remembrance to those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, their families and their communities.”
“Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne Australia for Remembrance Day in 2013 in honour of their fathers who fought in WWII.”
“The idea sparked a massive community outpouring with tens of thousands of contributors, from Australia, New Zealand and beyond, making hundreds of thousands of beautiful handcrafted poppies.”
March 2015 – Melbourne Flower and Garden Show.
Anzac Day 2015 – Melbourne’s Federation Square for the city’s centenary of Anzac commemorations.
May 2016 – RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London
July 2016 – Fromelles France
Remembrance Day 2017 – Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne
Remembrance Day 2018 – Canberra Airport
I am honoured to have crocheted just a few poppies for this project, these artworks, these tributes.
All photos and quotes from 5000 Poppies.
This morning, I went for a walk along one of the rivulets that flow down from Mount Wellington. Two hundred years ago, these streams provided fresh water to the new settlement of Hobart, although they gradually became polluted by industry and the growing population. Today they are public spaces with walking tracks.
New Town Rivulet has a couple of interesting sculptures representing local flora and fauna.
I wonder how long this bench has been along this track? How many people of rested here?
This month, there is an interactive literary exhibition, in a gallery in Hobart.
113 books are on display.
Multiple copies are available to pick up and read, to take over to a chair. Drinks and snacks are on hand.
There are various events, book club discussions, audience with authors, silent reading parties.
We visited the gallery on a rainy Saturday. Randomly, I chose a book, chose a page and took a photo of the text. I’m amazed at the variety of content, prose, fiction, poetry, autobiography, even opera with music score.
I want to visit again and get inside more of these books.
More info at http://thepeopleslibrary.net
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.
Footpaths amongst the low level flames.
“Spectra” by Ryoji Ikeda
49 searchlights that reach up to 15 kms into the night sky. A beautiful, spiritual experience, especially in the rain.
This is the view from our place, 15 kms from Spectra’s location.
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.
This is Wrest Point Hotel and Casino.