Tuesday, 29 May 2012

MONA Metal

Detail: "Cement Truck" - Wim Delvoye

 Had the opportunity of visiting Hobart
over the weekend with our main aim being a visit to MONA
(The Museum of Old and New Art) 
located on the banks of the Derwent River in the suburb of Berriedale.
Had a fabulous time.
We caught the MONA Roma Fast Ferry from Hobart up the
Derwent River ($20 return ticket), then skipped up the 99 stairs
to the Museum entry ($20 each unless you're Taswegian, then it's FREE!)
You are given an Iphone with a tracking device and headphones
and you just plug in your location as you wander through the
galleries and it will bring up artworks within your vicinity
along with summaries of the artworks, info and opinions 
and recordings of conversations about the artworks.
The best thing is that once you have finished your tour
you can access it again and again via their website.
Totally Cool.
As well as the Museum, there is also a micro-brewery,
a winery, accommodation, an outdoor stage
and a cemetery (apparently).
Even if you didn't appreciate the artwork you couldn't help but
be impressed by the architecture of the place
and the fact that this is the vision of one man (David Walsh).

Our joke was that they would have to 
house a collection of Less Impressive Soporific Art (LISA)
next door for those who like their art to be 
non-confrontational and less than thought provoking.

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