Along the Dark Path

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.

Heading over the Bridge of Remembrance and along the Dark Path
Heading over the Bridge of Remembrance and along the Dark Path
Hobart's new Bridge of Remembrance marks the start of the Dark Path
Hobart’s new Bridge of Remembrance marks the start of the Dark Path
Fire cans light the way along the Dark Path
Fire cans light the way along the Dark Path

Starting at the Regatta Grounds, the path leads over the new Bridge of Remembrance and along tracks lighted by fire cans.

The Dark Path route across The Domain is lit by fire
The Dark Path route across The Domain is lit by fire
The Dark Path route across The Domain is lit by fire
The Dark Path route across The Domain is lit by fire
Tony Oursler's 6th at Beaumauris Zoo
Tony Oursler’s 6th at Beaumauris Zoo

The old Beaumauris Zoo site is full of installations by Tony Oursler.

Tony Oursler's 6th at Beaumauris Zoo
Tony Oursler’s 6th at Beaumauris Zoo
Tony Oursler's 6th at Beaumauris Zoo
Tony Oursler’s 6th at Beaumauris Zoo
Tony Oursler's 6th at Beaumauris Zoo
Tony Oursler’s 6th at Beaumauris Zoo
Tony Oursler's 6th at Beaumauris Zoo
Tony Oursler’s 6th at Beaumauris Zoo
Wilderness Bar at Beaumauris Zoo
Wilderness Bar at Beaumauris Zoo

A little further along, a bar has been thoughtfully provided, complete with open fires to warm the chilled flesh.

Wilderness Bar at Beaumauris Zoo
Wilderness Bar at Beaumauris Zoo
Wilderness Bar at Beaumauris Zoo
Wilderness Bar at Beaumauris Zoo
Dark Path at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Dark Path at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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.

Lit conifer at RTBG main entrance
Lit conifer at RTBG main entrance

Inside the Gardens, more installations are interspersed with bars that welcome patrons of all ages.

The Conservatory at the Botanical Gardens is hosting a bar during Dark Path
The Conservatory at the Botanical Gardens is hosting a bar during Dark Path
Red-lit trees reflecting in a pool at the site of Naomi Blacklock's Limbic Resonance at RTBG
Red-lit trees reflecting in a pool at the site of Naomi Blacklock’s Limbic Resonance at RTBG
Government House from Dark Path at the Botanical Gardens
Government House from Dark Path at the Botanical Gardens
A pathway at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is momentarily lit up as part of Tony Oursler's Beyond the Spectrum during Dark Path
A pathway at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is momentarily lit up as part of Tony Oursler’s Beyond the Spectrum during Dark Path
Observation decks at the lily pond, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Observation decks at the lily pond, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Observation decks at the lily pond, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens during Dark Path
Observation decks at the lily pond, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens during Dark Path
The Roundhouse at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens set up as a bar during Dark Path
The Roundhouse at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens set up as a bar during Dark Path
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens during Dark Mofo 2019
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens during Dark Mofo 2019
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens during Dark Mofo 2019
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens during Dark Mofo 2019

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.

Fragrant Lucila pineana at RTBG
Fragrant Lucila pineana at RTBG

Thanks to Dark Mofo and Hobart & Beyond for hosting the Instameet that I was part of on the opening night of Dark Path.

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