Continues on from my last post on Living in Hobart, I went to see my GP in South Hobart for a regular check up this morning. Had my blood pressure taken. That was good. But, what about my occurring dizzy spell?? My record showed the last visit was two years ago. Time for another blood test for full blood count; electrolytes, urea and creatinine; glucose; lipids – chol, trig, hdl and ldl; liver function test; prostatic specific antigen. Gasp! That is a long list. Probably need three tubes of blood. Thanks, Doc!
Hobart is a tiny city in comparison to the smallest capital city in mainland Australia; which is….Darwin or is it Adelaide? According to Wiki Answer, it is Darwin in population, but not size. So which really is the smallest capital city in mainland Australia? Someone please. I have never been to Darwin or Perth, the only two capital city in Australia. But I believe I can safely argue that Hobart even though is the smallest capital city in Australia, it can easily rival the other bigger capital cities to claim the top spot in having the most interesting and incredible art museum in Australia, with some of the most quirky and shocking art displays I have ever seen. They are shown to be shocked! I mean, would you consider a “shite making machine” or some huge animal carcasses of raw meat hanging as Art? You can even smell the raw meat and dripping blood fat on the floor! But that is exactly what we have got here in Hobart. A new art museum privately owned by a local Tasmanian self made millionaire, David Walsh. He used his own money to create his dreamwork reportedly costing him over $100 million to excavate the rocks at the cliffside of his vineyard estate, Moorilla Estate.
Moorilla has become one of the most important destination in Hobart. A must for every visitors to the state of Tasmania. You can stay there. You can dine and wine there. You can visit the brewery and sample their wines and signature beer, Moo Brew. You can visit the museum (and I will come back to this later). You can take the ferry from Hobart waterfront sailing up the Derwent River with spectacular views of Hobart city and northern suburbs with Mt Wellington rising majestically in the background.
Now back to the museum – MONA – Museum of Old and New Art. It took three years to build – blasting and digging into the cliff, creating several floors deep in the ground. It was officially opened on 22 January 2011, coincided with the finale of FOMA – Festival of Music and Art that I have previously posted. We managed to stay away on the weekend opening. My partner and I went on the second weekend. The anticipation was too much to bear and wait any longer. We had to go. We had to be one of the first few thousands to see what was build up as the most exciting and different art museum in Australia. Best of all, there is no entrance free, and a handheld touch screen self guided device (similar to a smart phone) and a headphone were provided free to us. The handheld touch screen is really “smart” and clever. On a touch, it told us our exact location and displayed an icon of each of the art pieces around the exact location. I could scroll up or down to the exact art piece that I was looking at. Select an icon to get a description of the artwork, or another icon to read David Walsh’s own words of his collection.
Another unique thing about MONA is that there were lots of staff on every rooms of the museum ready to help the visitors. Not that we need any help since we had the smart touch screen and headphone. But at one point, I was told not take a photo with the flash on. But, yes you can take photos in the museum as long as it is without a flash. That is different. Most museum will have a No Camera sign at the entrance. But MONA is camera friendly, and baby pram friendly! There were parents with crying young kids. David built his museum for all walk of life. There were people there who have never step foot in an art museum before. It was interesting to see the diversity of the crowd, and not limited to art lovers only.
The building itself is a masterpiece creation. It is different. It is unique. It is world class. As we entered the main entrance, we were offered the smart touch screen and headphone. The staff explained how to use the smart touch screen device. We were told to take our time and to start from the lowest floor and make our way up. We descended down a glass and stainless steel spiral staircase several floors down. As I stepped down the spiral staircase, I began to wonder what I will see and discover at the bottom. Each step leads to more curiosity running through my mind. Finally I reached the last step, which opens up to a long corridor fronted by sandstone walls and polished concrete floor with solemn dim down lightings. It was stunning and incredible, unlike anything I have ever seen. And, this is Hobart. Not New York. Not London. Not Paris. And, certainly not Sydney or Melbourne. But Hobart. Thanks David Walsh for creating this wonderful masterpiece in Hobart for all to enjoy.
Great visual display raining of letters against the sandstone walls as backdrop. I love the sound of the gushing water and appearing and disappearing of letters
A human stool. Very eerie indeed. Like something that came out from an art cult Japanese horror movie. Imagine having this piece in your lounge room and one night you happen to stumble on it with lights switched off! Spooky indeed. It gave me the chill each time I looked at it.
A bunch of hanging dead carcasses meat and a “shite” making machine. The last picture actually has a piece of “shite” coming out at the end of the assembly shite making machine line.
Now who would have thought this is Art??
and, definitely not the wall of human casted vagina!
MONA – it is a place to be seen to believe.
Don’t miss it.
David build it for everyone to enjoy and share his passion for Art.
You don’t have to be an art lover to appreciate his eclectic collections from all over the world.