“Using buildings as a canvas, the City of Hobart is making high-quality urban art a celebrated part of our landscape.”
Here are just a few examples of the colourful and diverse street art in our city.
This week, Hobart is hosting a “Vibrance Festival”. Seven days of live painting in a back lane in the city centre.
As well as the artists, there will be live music and DJ’s, local food, coffee van and a small bar.
Wander down the lane or take a seat and watch the images come to life. I’ll visit again in a few days to share the finished art.
We have a ceramic poppy that sits beside our herb box, on our balcony, in Hobart.
Four years ago, our poppy was one of thousands, planted at The Tower of London, as part of the centenary commemorations of the First World War.
I was fortunate to see the display at The Tower, on several occasions, as I worked nearby and often strolled to the Tower during my lunch breaks.
Our poppy had several resting places, in our home in the UK, then spent a couple of years in its box. It joined us in Australia last month and is part of our home again.
There is a website, “Where are the poppies now?” which aims “to reunite digitally the 888,246 ceramic poppies from artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper’s 2014 installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red originally staged by Historic Royal Palaces at HM Tower of London in 2014.” Each poppy represented a British or Commonwealth military fatality during the war.
I “planted” our poppy on the website today, adding to the 30,000 others that have been registered. Ours is one of eight in Tasmania.
I’ve written previously about Hobart’s MONA – Museum of Old and New Art.
Each year they hold a Festival of Music and Art – FOMA.
We went to the festival on Saturday, a full day of music on various stages, both outdoors and within the museum galleries. Musicians are invited from across the globe. We listened to a cellist from Baghdad, a Patagonian folk trio, a Sudanese singer, a classical pianist from Ukraine, soul singer from USA, Tasmanian choirs and jazz orchestra.
It is intriguing when you don’t know the musicians or their music. The festival is always an eclectic mix of sounds, creativity, people, in such a great space.
The museum has recently expanded with a new wing, new art installations, new walkways and a new tapas bar and lounge.
MONA is one of Hobart’s special places.
Yesterday we participated in this intriguing interactive art installation, that is part of Hobart’s MONA FOMA weekend. (Museum of Old and New Art, Festival of Music and Art.)
We relaxed in these cocoon like hammocks, with sensors that picked up our heartbeat. The gentle sway was quite hypnotic and totally relaxing. The heartbeats formed an audio background but felt internal, somehow adding to a sense of silence and peace.
I didn’t dismantle our driftwood tree, last Christmas. With a family birthday in early January, I changed it into a birthday tree. Then a friend set a challenge, could I keep the tree going all year, with a different theme each month?
Here is a summary of our year and our tree…..
Back at the beach
The photo challenge this week is 2017 Favorites. Which is your favourite tree?
This is our third non-traditional Christmas tree. Each year we create a tree from driftwood, rope, a few decorations, ribbon and garlands of bells. No tinsel in sight. I love the new Aussie animal decorations.
I actually made a second tree this year which travelled with us to Sydney, fully decorated, as a gift for our daughter, son-in-law and grandson 🙂
I am making poppies to contribute to a community project.
An installation of approximately 62,000 knitted and crocheted poppies is planned for the Australian War Memorial in Canberra for next year’s Remembrance Day, to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
I was fortunate to see the stunning display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London for the centenary of the beginning of WWI and we own a couple of those poppies. It is an honour to be part of another poppy project.
An idea of two Australian women, to create 120 crafted poppies, just grew and grew. Poppies have been displayed in tribute gardens in Australia, in Europe and at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show in London. Check out the blog of the “5000 poppies” here.