Last week TraderVic and I went on another short holiday interstate with some friends (Marie and Tony) and again it was an island holiday. Not quite as small an island as Kangaroo Island as we went to Tasmania or Tassie as we Aussies call it.
Tasmania is just across Bass Strait from Victoria and you can get there via an overnight ferry or else fly in, as we did to Hobart.
[I am not going to tell you much about its history at this time, as I will save that for my "T" post for The Alphabet Club, which will come up in a few month's time.]
But I will
bore entertain you with what we got up to each day in a series of five posts (one for each day).
As you may know, I tend to cram in quite a lot to my holidays and I always have my trusty mobile phone with me to take pics of whatever takes my fancy.
So, here goes, Day One......
We arrived in Hobart (the capital of Tasmania) by 10am, picked up our hire car and headed straight to the famous Salamanca Market. It is always so vibrant and lively with lots of wonderful and interesting stalls. This one with the oh so cute gumboots caught my eye.
After devouring a delicious bratwurst at the market for our brunch, it was off to the the most amazing museum that I have ever been to, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art).
Yes, this is the entrance to the museum - not your typical one, is it? If you look closely on the left, you can see me taking a photo of the entrance standing on a tennis court!
Once you go inside, the museum is three levels all underground, dug into 250 million-year-ld Triassic sandstone!
Please click on this link to read a fascinating article about this museum.
It is full of the most amazing and eclectic collection of art.
This underground tunnel led to the library area, where we took part in an art installation and did graphite rubbings of blocks from the Hiroshima train station which had been destroyed by a nuclear bomb at the end of WWII.
Yes, two goldfish in a bowl of water with a knife, sitting on a chair is indeed ART!
Also, ART, is this the tattooed back of this man, who sits here all day (about an hour at a time, with short breaks).
Bit Fall was amazing.
Here is some information about it:
"The speed at which information is sourced, exchanged and updated in our modern society is almost inconceivable, and more ephemeral than ever before. The work BIT.FALL translates this abstract process into an experience for the senses and is a metaphor for these contemporary currents of information. In BIT.FALL, information is represented by words generated by a computer program, based on a statistical algorithm. The program filters relevant terms from the current stream of news on the internet, and transmits the values to the control unit of BIT.FALL. In a split second, BIT. FALL releases hundreds of drops at specific intervals, creating a ‘waterfall’ of words. Each drop of water thus becomes a liquid and transient ‘pixel’ or ‘bit’, the smallest unit of information."
I hope that you have enjoyed your day trip to MONA.