Monday, 25 September 2023

'Lightscape' - Brisbane Botanical Gardens

 Wednesday 13 September

Ten years ago, Zoe  Bottrell worked for a council in the north of England. Her task to attract visitors during winter led her to create a light show to brighten her city and lift people's spirits. She is now managing director of the Culture Creative Company and travels the world to curate visual landscape shows.

The Brisbane Festival invited her to come to Brisbane this September, to create 'Lightscape', in our City Botanical Gardens.

The Hungry Hikers were totally enthralled by the colourful, visual and sound trail that wound 2 kilometres through the gardens, with 12 distinct themes.

Please enjoy.

The Indigenous Walk of changing patterns, in colour and black and white.

Psychedelic Walk

Light Tunnel

Tree Monsters

Red Poppy Tunnel

Fantasy Walk

River of Life

Joining walk

Bamboo Avenue

Garden of Fire - this is a circular garden of many individual beds of pansies. Their beauty unseen in the night light, but this effect and the music were spectacular.

The gardens have a lovely circle of tall palm trees and this was the focus for the finale of the evening. Alas, I do not know the title of this show but it was very special and I didn't want to leave.

It had been a night of wonder and awe to cap off a very special day with the Hungry Hikers.

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Saturday, 16 September 2023

Swell Sculptures 2023

Wednesday 13 September 

It was a busy day. The Brisbane Festival is this month and a highlight is the Illumination of the City Botanical Gardens. We had to book a date very early and chose 13th September. Last week we realised that this coincided with the Swell Sculptures at Currumbin Beach.  We didn't want to miss them.

Result - Four Hungry Hikers were on the road to the coast at 5 a.m., to witness the sunrise at Currumbin Beach and explore the shoreline dotted with over 70 pieces of art.

Sunrise images.

This was my favourite and its title is appropriate. This wren is also one of my favourite birds.

Here is the Blue Fairy Wren that was once a regular visitor to my garden. Sadly no longer so. It has been chased away by the Noisy Miners!

My 2nd choice brings back childhood memories for myself and my boys. The Hills Hoist was the washing line in everyone's backyard. Birds loved to sit on them and the magpie would trill its delightful tune.

Memories - Father and son hanging out the washing on our Hills Hoist.

The device went on to become an icon of the Aussie backyard for decades. It is now listed as a National Treasure by the National Library of Australia.

Local themes.
I have no details of this piece, but then, none is necessary.

We witnessed this on two occasions as floodwaters crept across the golf course to invade our property. A ground-living bird, there are numerous families on the golf course. At nesting time they are very protective and can be vicious.

There is no theme associated with the Swell Sculptures. "
Swell welcomes the opportunity to work with artists, who are keen to break new ground in sculpture presentation and installation art." 
We found many of the explanations of the artist's work quite deep in meaning. Alas, we often felt quite bewildered. That said, this sculpture was mesmerising to watch with its ocean background.

Many of the artists focused on the need to take greater care of the world around us.

My least favourite aesthetically but its blurb makes it quite impactful!

Yes, this was quite the surprise!

Very clever - the seaweed moved gently in the breeze.


View back to our parked car.

Our viewing complete, we decided to walk back along the footpath to the Currumbin SLS club for breakfast. As we looked out to sea, several whales were slowly swimming south, just offshore. The SLSC has a rocky peak beside it and steps to its viewing platform. The whales had moved further south, but the view across Swell was rather impressive.

As was our breakfast view.

Returning to the car we noticed several signs indicating a Swell Gallery. It was well worth our while to take a look. The gallery was exhibiting smaller sculpture replicas of the sculptures we had seen on the beach. Sadly, still out of our price range. I did splurge though, and just love my 22 cards of affirmation by Julia Rose, 'Naturally Positive'.

Julia's sculpture - RiJulot

Such a wonderful morning viewing these amazing sculptures before the crowds descended, with calming waves and a crisp blue sky in the background. Four pm would see us in the city to view 'Lightscape'. Could our evening viewing match the delight of this morning? The answer soon.

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