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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Forever Bicycle-National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne

National Gallery Victoria houses a wide range of art and creative work. General Entry is free except for select exhibition halls.

National Gallery Victoria is located a few hundred meters away from Federatio Square on the other side of  Yarra river. NGV is outside the free tram zone- so either get out of tram and walk or be sure to tap on and tap off your MyKi card.

The visibly large building of NGV with nice little fountain is hard to miss


Once inside, we need to deposit our bags at the counter. Camera is allowed. I was greeted to this massive array of cycles. It is known as Forever Bycycles!
 


I spent a lot of time walking around this art installation and clicking it. It is named Forever Bicycle. This was set up by a Chinese artist named Ai Weiwei and consists of 1500 cycle like frames. The installation is pretty massive- 9 meters heigh and takes up area similar to a badminton court. Forever Bicyle is a 1940s Chinese company that mass manufactured cycles giving Chinese people lots of mobility.

There're hundreds of other interesting art and sculptures inside the National Gallery of Victoria. Below one- a setup that constitutes lots of Procelain bowls floating in water, hitting each other as they move and making musical sound, was attention grabbing. Apparently water is heated to optimize sound comping from the porcelain and undercurrents are maintained to ensure constant motion of water. This is named Clinamen, this was setup in 2013 by french artist Celeste Boursier Mougenot and was eventually purchased by National Gallery of Victoria.
 NGV's official page has more details on it, if you are interested. Watch a 12 second video below.

NGV has dozens of other attractions. Few select galleries are ticketed (about 20 AUD). There's an open area in the back side and recreational areas for visitors to sit and relax.

When in Melbourne, do drop by at National Gallery of Victoria.

Other Melbourne attractions: Eureka Skydeck * MCG * Federation Square * Victoria Parliament * Old Treasury Building * Tips to Save money in Melbourne

12 comments :

D.Nambiar said...

That's a lot of bikes. :)
<3 the porcelain bowls exhibit. What a great idea! The clinking is so pleasant to hear. :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks DN. NGV has many such artefacts- can spend whole day if you are an art lover

Indrani said...

Wow! This is amazing! I am stunned!
Incredible creations!

ArchanaC Kapoor said...

love the fountains... nice photos Shri :-)

Anks LifstyleProBlog said...

Such interesting installations... :) this art form is still rare in India... haven't seen many or even heard of a few famous ones... wonder what inspired the forever bicycle creation

MAHESH SEMWAL said...

Awesome pics !

Pendown M Talks Here said...

This looks very interesting. I have seen something like this only once in Zurich Art Center.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Pendown, Mahesh, Ankita, Archana and Indrani

Yogi Saraswat said...

This was set up by a Chinese artist named Ai Weiwei and consists of 1500 cycle like frames. The installation is pretty massive- 9 meters heigh and takes up area similar to a badminton court. Forever Bicyle is a 1940s Chinese company that mass manufactured cycles giving Chinese people lots of mobility.Amazing . there are so many people who give up everything for their interest. salute to them

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Yogi

Ami said...

Wow...that is contemporary art . Lovely pics

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Ami