Monday, June 17, 2013

it's winter, it's cold, but quite inspiring

Winter has hit Hobart, that's for sure. The last week has been cold, drizzly and grey.
It has been made somewhat brighter by the DarkMofo event being held at the moment in Hobart. It is quite an unusual collection of events really, music, performance and exhibitions, but I think it will be hard to beat this beauty called Spectra, by Tokyo artist Ryoji Ikeda.
It's just stunning.
From the catalogue, "Imagine a tower of pure, white light, reaching fifteen kilometres into the Hobart sky above the Domain. At the base of the tower, forty-nine custom-made Xenon searchlights are set into the ground in a seven-by-seven grid; combined, they point a fleshless finger at our town straight down, it seems, from some sort of imagined, omniscient seat in the sky.
Sine waves - the purest kind of sound wave - form invisible sonic patterns at the base; your movement alters their composition in a way that only you can specify. Indeed, your experience is unlike your friends', or anyone else's at all. Now, stop imagining, and wait until nightfall."

Lyn, Molly and I dropped in to get a closeup look of it the other night. In the car Lyn was complaining about  me being a bloody artist dragging him out in the cold and drizzle to see some bloody lights and don't you now, he loved it! So did Molly, excepting the sounds. They were a bit scary for her.

I popped back last night to get some pics. It really is one of the best installations I have ever seen. Just don't mention the power bill.
I am sorry again for being so slack here on this little blog. I have been so busy at work and at home too. I will be back soon to tell you what I have been up to :)
I hope you are all well and keeping warm.
Love Sar xx


  1. I drove past it twice on the weekend to play hockey(!!) and even from the road its amazing
    Can't wait to get up close with the kids...maybe one night it will be dry?
    (quite intrigued by your ig project that you previewed today...can't wait to see more)

  2. Spectra is great - my husband and I took our 3yo to see the "Bat Light' last night in the drizzly rain. We can see it from our front verandah and back garden in West Hobart so we had to see it up close, even if it was miserable weather. I found the rain made it even better - it was amazing watching the rain make patterns and swirl around within the beams of light. Your first photo is fantastic!

  3. I so wish I lived in Hobart to see it (or had the chance to take time of work to get down there) - wish they'd bring some events up to the coast! Great shots! :)

  4. It looks amazing. A bit cold, drizzly and grey here too. I'm over winter already, only 2 and half months to go! x


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