On Stages 9 and 10 of my walk along the Derwent River, I passed the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and the Glenorchy Arts and Sculpture Park (GASP). Yesterday I had the opportunity to introduce two international visitors to these important arts structures.
Mid-morning I met with a follower of my blog, De from upstate New York and her Arizona cousin Ke as we were chauffeured thanks to Ma, from the centre of Hobart to our starting point near the Derwent Entertainment Centre.
Our excursion started from the Pavilion at the southern end of the Glenorchy Arts and Sculpture Park (GASP) near the Derwent Entertainment Centre. Do you remember my photos of that surprise pink glass wall?
From a distance and approaching this structure, it looks dull, industrial and disused. But just as I had felt during my walk, my two new international co-walkers were amazed once we arrived at the site. Quite delightful and I have no doubt De will be displaying her own photos on https://deescribesblog.wordpress.com/ when she has time.
Then we started strolling and rolling along the bike/pedestrian path towards the slatted walkways with their colourful striped edges. Many photos were clicked every time we reached a new striped walkway with a different set of colours.
De gets around in a motorised wheelchair so when she spotted a scooter with its dinghy trailer (see photo below) waiting for its owner to return from their boat out on the Derwent River, she stopped in amazement. We talked about how good security seemed to be locally. The scooter owner had left his/her shoes, helmet and other personal items, and despite a security strap set up to prevent movement, we all knew that enterprising thieves seem to carry bolt cutters with them these days. But all was well yesterday.
Gradually clouds disappeared, the mountain looked sharp and much of the sky was blue.
Glorious. After a very cold North American winter, De soaked up the sunshine as the day warmed and we did everything to stay outdoors that we could.
We continued along the foreshore and turned towards the highway when we reached the Montrose High School. Then we were onto the bike/pedestrian track past Rosetta and into Berriedale before advancing up the entrance incline to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Along the way we admired the new autumnal colours of the Moorilla grape vines beside the road.
A visit to the exhibitions at MONA requires descent into cavernous spaces below ground so we decided to enjoy a lunch break first. Despite the busyiness of the café directly above the museum, De motored through gaps in the visitors and took us outside into the open air where tables and chairs are set on the lawn. We admired great views up, down and across the Derwent River.
Our sparkling Moorilla wines were crisp and delicious, and the food choices were expansive. De and I settled on a soba noodle with spring peas and pickled ginger salad, and Ke tucked into an Italian summer salad which included a great variety of ingredients dressed with the best local olive oil. Ducks and peacocks were out and about, seemingly comfortable with the thousands of visitors that come to MONA each week.
Satisfied by lunch we returned inside and took the lift to the bottom floor of MONA. Over the next couple of hours we wandered through the three levels of exhibits before De and Ke found the upstairs bookshop. The wonderful conclusion to our visit came when De spotted a spectacle outside. They left the building and, along with a throng of tourists, took photographs of a huge unblemished and bright rainbow crossing over the entire River.
It was a great pleasure to show non-Tasmanians a small part of where I have been along the Derwent River, and De and Ke’s enjoyment enhanced mine. Thanks for your company and best wishes De for your conference presentation in Burnie tomorrow encouraging people to understand there are few limits other than those we set ourselves.
Both De and Ke gave me permission to include their photos in this blog.