To keep art alive at Hadley’s Orient Hotel this year, an artist was invited to explore, research and create in isolation during the hotel’s closure due to Covid-19.
The result — a tantilising art installation with something to hear, see and taste.
In Sweet Water, multidisciplinary installation artist Caitlin Fargher reimagines what Hadley’s was like in the early 1800s when the hotel housed an inventive pastry shop and lush garden. Central to the installation is a three-tiered fountain adorned with hand-sculpted clay tiles glazed with the ash of local fallen trees (teatree and casurina). The clay was collected around Hobart. It represents the unearthing of histories that are swept under the paving, tiles and facades – the colonial history of attempting to tame nature and the dark past of invasion. The trickling sounds of the fountain evoke the Hobart rivulet which frequently flooded Hobart Town. From the muddy streets outside, stepping into Hadley’s Orient Hotel was a sweet oasis. With its raw and sweet materials, this art installation speaks of Hobart’s past while also representing hope for a sustainable and engaged future, a paradise to be.
During the Tasmanian school holidays there will be special kids art workshops with Caitlin Fargher – join in the Mad Hatter’s Bush Party. Click here to learn more.