Thursday, January 26, 2012

And So it Ends

This is it. The last day of my wonderful holiday. Tomorrow I go back to work after a long relaxing break doing not much at all!
Today is Australia Day and all three sons are celebrating at friends' having BBQs. The weather is beautiful. My poor husband is working and I am home alone. How good is that?
I've walked, stretched, shopped, done 2 loads of washing, 3 hours of school preparation and sewed for a couple of hours. Not enough to finish anything to show you. All this while keeping an eye on the cricket and the Australian Open.
Last weekend my husband and I escaped for another 3 day break to Tasmania. The highlight was our visit to the Mona Gallery. It sure stretched our imaginations, shocked, sickened, delighted and made us laugh. That is the point of this unusual gallery.You take a gorgeous half hour ferry on Hobart's magnificent Derwent River to get there. Then you take a climb up 99 steps carved into a cliff to arrive at the gallery. Several elderly people really struggled to get up there and I wondered at the sales people not warning them of the climb.
Standouts were the snake by Sidney Nolan made from more than 1600 drawings. It was enormous and striking, taking about 2 years to make.
These are some of the drawings that made up this piece.

There was a poo machine that stunk. It was in a huge white room. A person would feed it and it would process the food to eventually come out as you know what at the other end. I pretty much dashed through that room, nose held tight.
Just as absurd was the goldfish in the bowl with the very sharp knife. It was just sitting on a chair.

They had a massive exhibition featuring an artist called Wim Delvoye. This person was into everything from carving truck tyres, stained glass windows, sculpture, photographs and a truck that was made from metal, and left to rust.
Lots of modern art was featured, some of it very controversial and not very nice, as well as 2000 year old sarcophaguses, ancient gold coins and pottery. Certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.


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