Sunday, February 8, 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.
it just floats and the double shape is like a reflcection
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.
the Tori
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.
the detail is amazing
it was hard to get a picture without legs!
And the Real Thing
The Tori

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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.

This says how many wombats are you?
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 
Checking how it works
Designed to cope with pounding!
 The we went to have some lunch
I took some photos on the way to the cafe but Dylan breezed past "Found the Cafe!"
window above Children's gallery.The blue is outside sky

Sky RaisingMagpie

Sky Raising Magpies
Using the magpie as a symbol of territorial boundaries, family strength and community relationships, people in a country community created this work of art with a Holden FC Ute as their collective 'canvas.'
Created by a collaborative team of Gunai/Kurnai Aboriginal artists from East Gippsland, led by Lake Tyers artist and teacher Catherine Larkins, this ute/artwork is a vehicle for telling the tale of how magpies created the dawn – complete with large-scale wings and tail, and nest basket in the tray. It was originally exhibited at the 2002 Melbourne Festival as part of the Bute Utes project.  Mixing painting and engraving with metalwork and basketry, this artwork is a celebration of cross-cultural collaboration and storytelling.
After lunch we walked back to the station where he 'Eenie Meenied"at every junction as we head back on the various paths.
A lovely sunny day outing!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

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 Patterson House
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.
Theey are just galvanised corrugated iron but some had lining boards made from packing cases, as well as windows 
The Box hedge at the front is 100yrs old and came from John and Sunday Reid's house Heide 
It was only as I was leaving that I saw a discreet sign asking us to refrain from taking photos!!

The back of Patterson House
An attic bedroom. Great in WInter but Summer!!
The stairs up
The Abercrombie house was moved from Arden St North Melbourne and was originally occupied by Andrew Abercrombie and was last occupied in 1976
At some time the house was divided into two areas. There are layers and layers of wall paper and the state of disrepair reminds me of the Tenements we went to in New York.
back of Abercrombie House 
the state of some of the iron 
Not bad for its age!
The lining boards and wall paper
Front door