Twice she has hosted us when we have travelled in country Victoria and it was now our turn to reciprocate. With some family she visited Heidi once in Melbourne and she arrived at The Highrise Friday evening, and after a moderate
After a relaxed Saturday morning breakfast at home, we headed to the National Gallery of Victoria to see a much looked forward to exhibition of the works of David Hockney. While I knew very little about him, I just loved his work.
The entrance to the gallery usually has an large piece of interactive art. This was a small spiral of mirrors. Oddly, the panels that looked like mirrors did not show your reflection and the ones you thought would not, did. I paused to take a photo as the other two went ahead and I briefly lost them. That is I could see them in mirrors but I could not find them.
It is a pity this photo did not come out very well. I just loved his series of 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire' series.
Hockney's portrait works are well done, but not of great interest to me. His still lifes of very mundane household objects were interesting.
But what I liked the most is that he was a pioneer of making his art work on an iPad, meaning that how the work was created is recorded and can be played back and many electronic screens displayed the creation of a work. Sorry, this video does not show it very well. The screens even show individual 'brush strokes'.
The finale was in a large room with a large central round seat. Four big screens had been placed around the room and each showed the same four minute film in synchronisation of a short drive through a wood in four different seasons of weather. It was wondrous and of one of the panels had snow and ice.
I have mentioned this water wall at the gallery entrance before and below the photo is a brief video of the wall in action. Kids always want to touch, and some very big kids at that.
Should we lunch in town or go home and drive to Altona Village for lunch? The latter won and we had a nice lunch at the cafe where we previously forgot to pay. I paid our debt, rounded down by a few dollars to $30 in recognition of our honesty. Not too many people would do this, the cafe owner opined. No, they wouldn't. We are fools, but honest fools. A VE Valiant passed by, 1967.
Parked in the street was this old banger, perhaps an Austin.
I forgot to take a hat, but R found one of Little Jo's caps in the boot of the car, so I put that upon my tête and we walked out along the pier. This bloke was having a bit of a wobble on his board, obviously not so experienced. I kept the camera on to capture when he fell into the water, but he did not.
We really like Altona Village and Altona Beach and if we were thinking of living in a suburban area, it would be high on our list for consideration......and for an south of the Yarra River person, that is quite an admission.
The soft back David Hockney book was discounted from $50 to $30 at the obligatory gift shop exit. It looks so nice on our coffee table. Alas our visitor took it home with her.
Saturday night we dined at FOMO, a Thai restaurant in town. It was a little noisy but the food is always excellent, as is the service. Bookings were heavy, so we unbooked were put upstairs. Someone's Saturday evening was not panning out so well, having been clamped by the Sheriff. We sensibly use public transport to go to town, so no risk of clamping for us.
Sunday morning I drove our guest to So Cross Station in Spencer Street to catch an 8am replacement rail works bus back home, rather than the train, and then after some breakfast it was off to work for me after a lovely couple of evenings and a day of socialising. It is a good thing to get you out of yourself at times.