Saturday, 12 March 2011

Canberra National Gallery

On my recent weekend trip to Canberra I managed to fit in a visit to the National Gallery (I love all kinds of galleries & museums, im a massive nerd in that way). The gallery currently has some great exhibits showing like the 'Ballets Russos - The Art of Costume' exhibit.

My favourite was James Turrell's Skyspace. From the out side it looks like a hobbit house! hehe.

Light is Turrell’s medium, and his Skyspace is a viewing chamber that affects the way we perceive the sky. It was commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and is located in the Gallery’s new Australian Garden on the south side of the building

This is what it looks like once you enter the hobbit house. Its basically a room inside a room. You enter down a long sloping walkway. Inside is a large square-based pyramid with soft red ochre interior walls highlighted by surrounding turquoise water. The viewing chamber inside is a simple domed space, open to the sky.

Looking inside the viewing chamber door. We were there at the same time as a wedding so we had to manouver ourselves around them!

Inside the viewing chamber looking out. It was a hot day & a couple of families were sitting around the outside of the chamber letting their kids paddle in the water which I thought was adorable. I like a piece of art that interacts with its community!

The view from inside the chamber. Within the Skyspace, light seems more painterly. Movement and sound are intensified, the sky shimmers and pulsates. Apparently the Skyspace is at its most dramatic and complex at dawn and dusk, marking the transition between night and day. But it was just as beautiful on a day with blue skies and fluffy white clouds!

If you want to go visit the Skyspace, its open daily!

Some other highlights were:

This piece from the Graffiti exhibit

This space age piece from the Sculpture Garden

and finally these heads from the lake in the Sculture Garden!

If you want to visit the National Gallery it is located at Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra. Open daily 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (closed Christmas day).

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