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Generosity of spirit
27 July 2011
Tasmania is my location away from home this month. Annual pilgrimage to visit my family and see how NBN’s progress is.
This year a new and wonderful addition to the agenda – MONA. Museum of Old and New Art in Berriedale on the outskirts of Hobart. Child of Tasmania David Walsh MONA is his gift to the state. And what a gift. $75m building cut into the sandstone cliffs at river’s edge. Stunning – world class no matter your standard. Filled with his collection – Nolan’s snake my favourite, or maybe it was Keifer’s Sternenfell, nope perhaps bitmap –words made out of water cascading three levels, computer generated and illuminated – I am frightened to understand what his favourite is – maybe all 3000 plus pieces.
It’s a gift that keeps on giving for Tasmania – not only do locals get free entry to the museum it is attracting 800 visitors a day many from out of town.
MONA shares a site with Moorilla Estate winery home of The Source fine dining restaurant and original owner of the wonderful views of mountains and rivers that comes with this lovely site. Worth a visit if only to wonder at the generosity of spirit that has someone decide to put his personal collection right out there for us all to comment on and question the whys and wherefores.