Date of Visit: April 18 2015
A quick pictorial post of my visit to the capital of Australia, which is not Sydney but Canberra. I made this trip primarily to see James Turrell’s Retrospective at the National Art Gallery in Canberra (my post on his Skyspace installation here). It was also the first time that an art tour in the buff was introduced in the NGA (here)
Unfortunately I can’t post any pictures from the exhibition because photography was prohibited. However, I do remember, that I was quite blown away by the surreal experience of immersing myself in the lights, fully clothed – so those in the nude would have had an out-of-this-world experience! In any regards, if you are interested, do check out Artsy’s James Turrell page for more in-depth information on the artist.
I met a friend of mine attached to the Foreign Affairs, so he took me for a walking tour of Canberra.
Trees are especially pretty in autumn, one of the ideas for the design of the ‘Garden City’ is to promote a distinctive European feel…And walking by the artificial lake was very relaxing.
Canberra is a geometric city with radials and axis… The direct axis from Parliament House to War Memorial
A walk on Anzac Parade with many sculptural memorials…
A hike up Mount Ainslie – the highest point in Canberra
I stayed at Hotel-Hotel, the newest and coolest hotel in Australia at the moment…
We had a good dinner at the hotel. Prices are comparable to Sydney.
This breakfast cost $14.50! Very steep for 2 crumpets – and a cup of Long Black! Totally not worth the $$! 😓
External of the hotel at the back…
Facade treatment at the back, sun-shades and vertical gardens…
The art gallery outside the hotel (at the back)
More artworks… an eagle crafted from metal
Overall, I enjoyed Canberra and look forward to visiting it again – although my friend told me that it’s small and dull! 😉