Showing posts from February, 2015

Reflection Model

I traveled in by bus to the NGV to see Takahiro Iwaskai's model of Itsukushima.and the floating Tori Miyajima, the shrine near Hiroshima.
Takahiro Iwasaki is recognized as one of Japan’s new generation of emerging young artists, who creates intricately detailed models that reinterpret contemporary cityscapes and iconic historic building.
The Reflection Model series focuses on seven of Japan’s most sacred buildings that all have an intimate visual relationship with the reflections they cast in the water that surrounds them. Playing with this striking visual relationship Iwasaki constructs precise three dimensional models that are exhibited suspended, in a way that combines the actual building with its illusionary reflection to create one complete form.
Commissioned for the National Gallery of Victoria, the third and largest work in the Reflection Model series takes as its subject the Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, located on the tidal flats of Japan’s Inland Sea.

A Day at the Museum

I met Bridie at Parliament station and we walked through the Carlton Gardens. The visit to the Museum was to see the dinosaur bones which we did in about 5 minutes! We managed to slow the passage through the exhibit by pointing out things to come back and look at; Dials and magnifying glasses provide a few minutes diversion.
With the attention span of a gnat, as is common at this age, we managed to make  a longer and interesting visit. We wandered into the Bug's Life exhibit that he enjoyed until we got to the spiders. They didn't bother him , but there was a film of Spider monsters in old movies eating people. The message was that they DON't eat people but that was missed by Dylan who announced "I don't like spiders" We then went to the Children's gallery where he discovered these music boxes   The we went to have some lunch
I took some photos on the way to the cafe but Dylan breezed past "Found the Cafe!"

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Portable Iron Houses

I am making tracks into my list of new places in 2015.
I had heard of these but they were not really on my radar then saw the opening )1st Sunday of the Month) in Weekend Notes.
The three houses at 399 Coventry South Melbourne give an insight into life in Emerald Hill, now South Melbourne, during the gold rush years. These buildings are examples of early property development are some of the few prefabricated iron buildings remaining in the world.  The portable cottages were commissioned by Governor Latrobe to provide accommodation in a city bursting at its seams from the influx of those seeking to find gold. Made of a mixture of iron and wood they were the original "Flat packs" In 1855 South Melbourne, comprised nearly 100 portable buildings, of which 399, Patterson House, still stands on its original site, in what was called Tin Pan Alley by the older residents. Abercrombie House and Bellhouse House were moved to the current sites from North Melbourne and Fitzroy respectively…