falling back to earth

I was lucky enough to have my first visit to GOMA, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art today. We went to see Cai Guo-Qiang’s Falling Back to Earth. Incredible, My attempt to describe it cannot do it any justice. The brochure describes it as his first solo exhibition in Australia which focuses on humanity’s relationship with nature.

A huge indoor lake surrounded by 99 life size animals from different countries. I don’t know how long we were in there but it was well worth the entry ticket. As you walk around the boardwalk, different views open up. The animals were so life-like and many even had wet whiskers. Simply stunning, he is a very clever artist. Another of his major pieces was a huge native eucalyptus tree suspended from the ceiling. Everything from the roots to the branch twigs – you just stand there marvelling at how someone could turn a tree into a work of art.

The other thing that impressed me is that the Gallery is such an amazing space full of spaces. There was something to discover around every corner. It has definitely made my list of rainy day places to visit.

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