Along the Dark Path – Hobart’s Domain takes on a new, nocturnal life during Dark Mofo
An urgent need for a photograph of the Steppes Homestead for a work-related project had me rising early and heading to Tasmania’s Central Highlands one recent morning, camera in hand.
A highlight of this year’s Dark Mofo was the return of Ryoji Ikeda’s 15km tall beam of light and sound installation Spectra to town, on a permanent basis, having been purchased by David Walsh. Spectra won the affection of Hobart’s residents during the first Dark Mofo back in 2013, when it graced the Cenotaph.
Tempest is probably the biggest single exhibition that TMAG (the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery) has ever staged. Far from being confined to the usual temporary exhibition galleries on the ground floor, the show has taken over almost every space within the institution and staff from pretty much every corner and discipline – from decorative…
It’s not just large public buildings and infrastructure that are lit up to celebrate Dark Mofo in Hobart … Hotels and homes are also glowing crimson through the long winter nights
It’s deepest darkest June in Hobart, Tasmania and that can mean only one thing….
There is a wide range of public art in and around Hobart, from weathered bronzes to ephemoral glimpses and much more in between.
This week’s naming of Hobart’s Railway Roundabout as the best in the world by the UK’s Roundabout Appreciation Society was probably greeted with quiet bemusement by citizens of Hobart.
Local artists Kelly Eijdenberg and Travis Tiddy of creative agency Poco People were commissioned by the Clarence City Council to commemorate the changes to Hobart’s eastern shore brought about by the 1975 Tasman Bridge disaster.
In an interesting article in The Australian Julian Meyrick asks some searching questions about this very questioning, and explores some metrics around measuring the value of the arts, festivals, museums and culture in general.