Dark Mofo Part 2 – Painting the Town Red

It’s not just large public buildings and infrastructure that are lit up to celebrate Dark Mofo in Hobart (see my pics of the Tasman Bridge from an earlier post). Hotels and homes are also glowing crimson through the long winter nights, showing the way as normally diurnal humans venture out into the darkness in search of adventure.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which is hosting a major exhibition as part of Dark Mofo, mixed it up a bit, with a cool blue glow, and some technicolour treatments on its sixties-era stairwell on Argyle Street.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery side entrance
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Argyle Street stairwell
Here’s that stairwell from the inside
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery administration entrance

A group of young artists has taken over the pedestrian tunnels leading to Hobart’s Railway Roundabout for an art happening called ‘Neither Here nor There’.

Art happening at the Railway Roundabout

The Marine Board tower has had a rocket put under it.

Hobart’s Port Tower during Dark Mofo

Even the No Visbible Means humble abode has a warm interior glow.

The No Visible Means humble abode

In Hampden Road, the Narryna Museum was lit up, but not in red. It was showing off a display of bonnets representing female convicts transported to the colony in the first half of the nineteenth century, part of a long term project by artist Christina Henri.

Bonnets outside Narryna

The Hotel Grand Chancellor had a pulsing heart-beat lighting up the many floors of its atrium, visible from across the waterfront, while the white crystal glow of the Glasshouse at Brooke Street Pier contrasted the redness emanating from Salamanca and Princess Wharf 1, home of the Winter Feast.

Hotel Grand Chancellor from Elizabeth Pier
The Glasshouse
A sailing vessel at Elizabeth Street Pier gets its Dark Mofo vibe on

All around town, bronze busts of the great and the good have been given a facelift by being shinkwrapped in bright pink plastic. Especially striking is the statue of colonial Governor of Van Diemen’s Land and Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin; the fountain on which he sits has just been refurbished and was lit up in rainbow colours in memory of the victims of the Orlando massacre.

Rainbow fountain at Franklin Square, with plastic-wrapped statue of Sir John

The highlight of the second week of Dark Mofo is the Winter Feast, the cool season counterpart to Summer’s Taste of Tasmania. The island’s leading caterers descend on Princes Wharf No1 and the adjacent areas adjoining Salamanca Place attracting gourmands for five nights of feasting.



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  1. Tasmanian traveller – Bellerive Tasmania Australia – Through travel, I have experienced the eccentricities of people and their environments around the world. At the same time, I love where I live. So, for people who cannot travel to discover the wonders of my home town, this blog is an attempt to introduce its exoticness. My goal was to walk along both sides of Hobart's Derwent River from the mouth to New Norfolk, and to walk on one or alternating sides of the River between New Norfolk and the source of the River at the southern end of Lake St Clair. The walk was undertaken in stages around my other commitments of my life. Almost all stages of the walk connected with Tasmanian public transport - my intentions was to inspire people, who do not have access to a vehicle, to feel they can replicate the walks. This blog reports on each stage in the hope it will encourage people to either follow in my steps or to create their own walking project where-ever they live. Please note: The blog background and headliner image of 'Hobart from Mt Wellington' is the work of Tourism Tasmania and Garry Moore. It is a free image with unrestricted copyright and available from http://www.tassietrade.com.au/visual_library
    Tasmanian traveller says:

    You saw most of those I saw (the reddening lights in Winter Feast and on the Tasman Bridge are two extras) and quite a few more that I haven’t yet noticed. This is such an exciting time of the year – visually.

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