Dark Path is the most public, accessible and free event of Dark Mofo 2019. Where in previous year, a number of large-scale art installations have been concentrated, with bars and food outlets, at an area of Macquarie Point off Evans Street, this year sees the installations installed at various locations on Hobart’s Domain.
Starting at the Regatta Grounds, the path leads over the new Bridge of Remembrance and along tracks lighted by fire cans.
A little further along, a bar has been thoughtfully provided, complete with open fires to warm the chilled flesh.
The forecourt outside the main entrance of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is full of food vans, and when I visited on Friday evening, they were doing a roaring trade.
Inside the Gardens, more installations are interspersed with bars that welcome patrons of all ages.
A giant Tesla coil creates lightning at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens during Dark Mofo 2019 – a highlight of Dark Path.
With all the high-falutin conceptual art and the excitement of getting around without tripping and breaking any bones, it can be easy to forget that one is in a botanic garden. But as I explored the top end of the lily pond, I found myself surrounded by a heady, sweet scent of something that was in full bloom, despite it being the dead of winter.
I fumbled for my torch to see that it was Luculia pinceana that perfumed the cool night air so beautifully. So take a moment and smell – if not the roses, then the numerous other botanical delights of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.