Gratuitous shot of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice -
for all we honest ladies who 'fessed up on my previous post...
Brad and Angelina spent the holidays at a coastal location south of Brisbane.
With their six children, they have been seen out and about, and one night they made a special visit to our own Gallery of Modern Art.
I hope the kids enjoyed the animals in Falling Back to Earth, an exhibition of work by Cai Guo-Qiang.
I showed 'Heritage' in a previous post, with the animals around the lake.
More complex, I think, is 'Head on', 2006, made for the Deutsche Guggenheim exhibition in Berlin, Germany.
A pack of ninety-nine wolves rush across the gallery, leaping up and smashing into a transparent wall.
The work recalls Berlin's history of Nazism and the subsequent construction and destruction of the Berlin Wall. The glass wall is the same height as the Berlin Wall. Cai also responds to post-9/11 concerns about terrorism, devastation and tragedy.
Universal anxieties of invasion and contagion, border control and fear of outsiders are notions that continue to persist across national and cultural borders.
There are 99 animals at peace in 'Heritage', and 99 wolves in a state of agitation in 'Head on' - a classic 'compare and contrast'.
A third large-scale work separates the two - Eucalyptus 2013..
A 31 metre tree, cleared from an urban development site in outer Brisbane, lies with roots exposed:
A meditation on life and death? The tree was 100 years old...
An unusual chance to peek into a large tree's root system, something normally hidden in the earth...
An opportunity to ponder the beauty of the Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata)..
Cai asks for visitors' suggestions as to what happens to the tree after the exhibition. He sees this participation as part of the artwork.
The heatwave continues, but as I have written this post, the skies have darkened, and I just heard a roll of thunder...
Over and out..