Saturday, 25 November 2017

River walk of Surprises

Wednesday 22 November

This week the Hungry Hikers chose a city walk, along the Brisbane River. Orley Park, West End was our starting point, after a coffee and Joc's decadent candy cane brookies.


We hadn't gone far when we happened upon our first, surprise piece of art, an aboriginal mural, part of a children's playground.

Then we spotted unusual netting sculptures, on an old river pylon.

Nature also contributed.                                               [Thanks Jocelyn for this pic.]

Nature contributed in more ways than one! 
Joc had found another creative idea for her photography. It required me to pose with this mangrove. It was quite easy to step down and have a firm footing on the river bank. What we didn't factor in was the passage of our ever so quiet Citycat ferry service. Suddenly, I was clinging to the tree to get my feet above the wash. Hmm, a nice surprise.

Further along, this stunning image of a baby painted on a pylon of a railway bridge, had us captivated for quite some time.

As seen, when later in the day, we walked along the opposite bank.

Another larger and more detailed aboriginal mural had been painted under our William Jolly road bridge.

Sitting on the bend of the river, a short distance from here is Goma, our gallery of modern art. Jocelyn had recently visited their new exhibition of a Japanese artist and suggested we should visit. An amazing detour!
  Yayoi Kusama - painter, sculptor, photographer, installation, performance and conceptual artist. This exhibition depicted her fascination with polka dots. Every room brought a 'surprise' as we were mesmerized by her creativity.

Title of this sculpture [1975-76] using sewn fabrics, household objects and paint was "Desire for Death".

Her polka dot pumpkins are exquisite and reflect the happy time of her childhood.

These panels cover a whole wall.

Above is one of the walls of the infinity mirror room. Hopefully in the photograph below you can perceive the room and the cube that has to 2 peepholes, taking one to infinity. 
[A woman standing at one peephole. Students kneeling at another.}

The view to infinity, through the peephole. 

Moving on to a change in Jayoi's style.

These rooms, representing a home, had blank walls when the exhibition opened in early November. Each viewer is offered a sheet of varying coloured and sized polka dots, to stick on the walls and furniture.

I've just found this image, of how the kitchen looked when the room was first opened. I am surprised by all I can see here, but is now covered in polka dots.

Another infinity room, with its yellow background and black dots, almost had me climbing the walls to get out, the impact was so strong. The view in the cube though was sensational and I longed to spend more time soaking up its beauty, but the queue had to move on.

Jocelyn's reflection on the walls of the infinity cube.

The view inside.

And back to reality. Note the yellow and green tones of the facade of the office tower at the end of the Kurilpa footbridge.

The same building as we neared. The surprise of nature's art again.

Then a surprise piece of 'living art', seen as we looked back across the river to Goma.

At present, Brisbane cities light poles are hung with banners for the very famous Ashes cricket series, between Australia and England. At the end of day 3 of the 1st match, of a 5 match series, [today, Sat.] the Aussies seem to have the upper hand. Looks like more time will be lost tomorrow in front of the big screen.

Another bridge, another mural.

The 'surprise' of a few drops of rain, but we were prepared.

Lunch was enjoyed at the heritage listed Regatta Hotel, built in 1886 and named for the rowing regattas held on this reach of the river.

A short Citycat ride took us across the river, back to Orly park. I took the train home and had one more 'surprise'. This mural was on the platform of one of the stations we passed through. I had not seen it previously.

Our motto, "It's not the distance. It's the journey.", rang very true today.  Yes, another memorable and fulfilling day, out and about, down under!

I would love to read your comment.


  1. Wow amazing art exhibit! That polka-dot room is quite creative.

  2. Well that was a very different walk to your usual and very eye catching. Love the dot room. It is wonderful when art is interactive & allows participation I think.

  3. Wonderful, as always! Some eye-popping stuff... Also the mural of the angry looking baby reminded me of a big painted ad on the side of a building in Berkeley (California) that was there for years. It was of a baby like that one, selling milk or something, but the artist somehow managed to make the baby look totally evil. Weird.... Thanks for sharing a super post.

  4. Wonderful and playful and just lovely!

  5. Amazing art Helen. Nature always surprises us with its natural art. Glad you didn't fall in the river while posing!!
    The obliteration room is sooo colourful!!!
    Have a brilliant week :)

  6. Have to admit I'm not one for art exhibitions but I do like to see something unique and different and this definitely fits into that category

    1. I'm not fond of modern art, but I must admit that our Goma Gallery has had some sensational exhibitions in the past year.

  7. I loved your walk through the city. The colors through that peephole were beautiful. I think my granddaughters would love being involved in sticking on polka dot stickers. What a clever idea!

    1. They most certainly would. Even the 'big kids' were having fun.