|The MONA "logo" X+ represents
sex X and death +
I was met by a concrete slab erect and pointing to the sky with an X+ at the top of it.
I had been doing some reading of Adrian Franklin's book 'The Making of MONA' the night before, so I knew that the X represented sex and that the + represented death, which really made me think how apt it was when having a shave in my motel room and seeing the hot and cold taps on the bathroom sink mimicking the MONA logo.
The Making of MONA
|My motel bathroom sink's
X hot and + cold taps
|Hot and Cold make "LUKEWARM"?-)
I also read last night in 'The Making of MONA' that the houses that were on the MONA site when David Walsh bought the vineyard were designed by the same architect who designed the casino that I was staying in.
|Sex X and loss +?-)
|I wonder if the MONA tennis court
represents 0 Luv?-)
Maybe MONA should release a line tennis gear, like black tennis balls with pink sex and death crosses on them for eyes (and maybe an 0 Luv for a mouth?-) similar to the 'Suicide Squad' poster has on it?-)
X sex, + death and 0 Luv?
Maybe a question mark would make a better symbol for love come to think of it?
It would have been good if MONA had of sold strawberries and cream and iced tea before you made it into the gallery, to give it that Wimbledon feel.
And maybe with Tasmania being known as the Apple Isle, handing out one of these forbidden fruits of knowledge wouldn't go astray, as you made your way to the underground, either.
|The way down and into the art gallery
on the spiral staircase
|X+ Marriage? X Broken Rubber?
+ Please Kill Me?
All we needed here was a toilet seat being flipped up and down by the opposing objects, as well, to make it clear that it was a married couple we were witnessing at "play";-)
On the subject of + death, it wouldn't be too hard to kill yourself in here, accidentally or otherwise. Just take a look over a few railings as you walk around and make your way back up to the surface.
|So tempted to make this into a Tasmanian
library joke...but I won't;-)
But I think that may have actually been a real exit sign in MONA and not a work of art.
There is a very '2001: A Space Odyssey' ish artwork called Kryptos made by Brigita Ozolins, which is really like being in a Kubrick movie where the outdoor maze from 'The Shining' has been crossed with the spaceship and Monolith from 2001 to make an even creepier maze where you might just find yourself in the centre of it all ... just don't forget to look up when you do.
|I used a flash here, otherwise it
would be pretty dark in here
| My car's odometer hitting 11111 when
I crossed the Victorian border
|At least my car drinks "low carb" fuel;-)
And as if I would have a mistress ... I like your sense of humour though David.
|MONA karaoke anyone?
Not to mention all the farm-type animals walking around, either:-)
|The Rainbow Serpent
The Rainbow Serpent and 42
I guess if they had some monologue to go with them the vaginas would have won me over;-)
|MONA as seen from the Derwent River
like a HobART opera house
|I hope they don't give MRI scans
as you get on this boat;-)
The Moo Brew is the best beer in Tasmania ... and Australia ... in my opinion, but don't take my word for it, try it yourself if you get the chance.
|Moo Brew ... better than milk I reckon. Mmmm
And check out the story of how the label art came about by clicking on this link -
|A Royal Wolf shipping container at MONA
|Chelsea Wolfe playing Dark Mofo that night
|The word waterfall ...
well, that's what I call it anyway
Which is true for me, especially in front of the word waterfall pictured above, as I was waiting for the words SEX and DEATH to drip out, which they didn't.
Maybe I should have called a plumber?-)
|The creepy UFO like fountain
in the Hobart city centre
I also noticed this weirdly named bottle-shop chain when driving to MONA, 9/11?!
I'd never heard of this chain before driving past this sign, but I would see quite a few of them when walking around Hobart later on the weekend I spent there.
Maybe their opening hours are nine till eleven, or something like that?
I wonder if they sell MONA's Moo Brew?
|WARNING: These are not chocolates
I bought what I thought was some chocolate c...
Oops! I nearly had to wash my mouth out with one of them, because they are actually soaps;-)
|Don't worry, it's just a pen
So, next time I come back to Hobart after reading David's book, Wrest Point Casino better have heaps of cash available for me on my departure:-)
While David may say he is an Atheist, I'm not.
And I've modified the MONA shop bags to include 0 Luv on them.
|X SEX, 0 LOVE (LUV) and + DEATH
I'm starting to see these symbols everywhere I look now, even on my browser.