Pharos, the latest addition to Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, in Hobart is an Art pillion housing various permanent art spaces which vary from incredibly simple to highly complex.
Museum of Old and New Art
Australian Institute of Architects TAS Awards, Finalist - Public Design, 2019
The design and construction process was supported by countless testing through many different media and a constant exchange of ideas between the client, artists, architects, engineers and builders.
Pharos is named after the lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt and is currently only accessible via a tunnel from the main gallery. It is built around several works by American artist James Turrell: Event Horizon, Weight of Darkness, Beside Myself, and Unseen Seen.
The Turrell works all deal with light and consciousness. They are not designed to be looked at, but rather to be walked in, lain in, pondered, and experienced.
Cantilevering out over the River Derwent, the 14-metre inverted parabola houses a restaurant, Faro, which also houses the spherical Unseen Seen.