Our driftwood tree has evolved again in time for the winter solstice.
Scents of winter, dried orange slices, cinnamon, star anise, pine twigs against the wood.
Previous versions of our tree can be seen here.
One of the features of DARK MOFO is the Ogoh Ogoh.
It is a demon like sculpture, common in Balinese Hinduism. People write down their fears, and feed them to the ogoh ogoh. At the end of the festival, the ogoh ogoh is paraded along the street and cremated in ceremonial smoke, fire and noise.
It has taken me a couple of years to get used to this idea, but right now, with everything going on in the world, it felt right to put my fears on paper, give them to this stunning sculpture based on the extinct Tasmanian Tiger, the Thylacine, and watch them go up in flames.
This evening, we joined the parade and “the burning”.
Although it originates from a very different culture and religion to my own, it felt remarkably calming and therapeutic to be a part of this ceremony.
Hobart’s winter festival is in full swing with a two week programme of art and music at numerous venues around the city.
Lasers, lights, live music, food vans and bars.
STREET ART and PERFORMANCE ART
Animation projected onto our “Save the Tasmanian Devil” mural.
Students from the Art College engage with the public.
A banquet of local Tasmania produce and dishes, on offer from a variety of vendors, guest chefs and favourite restaurants, vineyards, distillers. Great food and atmosphere both inside the wharf building and outside with the fire pits.
It has been great to see so many people out, enjoying the festival. All generations, locals and tourists. And the weather has been perfect, dry mild winter nights.
We recently visited the Art Farm at Birchs Bay, Tasmania. We had a delightful walk through gardens and bush land.
We met unusual people.
We sat on distinctive benches, walked through artistic gates.
And admired many of the pieces, wondered about a few.
We followed a variety of arrows along the Sculpture Trail.
For local Tassie readers, it is well worth a visit.
Calm, peace, balance.
I’ve admired the art of rock balancing for a while.
Recently someone placed one rock on each of the fence posts along our local beach.
I added to it and replaced missing rocks and have now started balancing, just a few.
Z is also for the end of the alphabet challenge. It’s been fun and I’ve enjoyed meeting new bloggers. Thanks for stopping by, thanks for the likes and encouraging, insightful comments, and the joyful conversations. Happy Sunday everyone 🙂
Once upon a time there was a Christmas Tree….
After decades of northern hemisphere winters and real fir trees indoors at Christmas, we wanted something different for a summer, Australian Christmas. So we collected driftwood, found a bucket, some rope and created our own “tree”.
With a birthday in the first week of January, it seemed logical to change the decorations but to keep the tree a bit longer than usual.
Then it became a challenge. How else could we transform the tree? Could we keep it all year?
Hold on to Summer