Multimedia installation inside a hexagonal wooden teepee structure with amber glass apex
Framed digital images, altar, wooden stools, foliage and flowers, LED lights, battery operated candles, sound track (5' loop)
8.5m (h) x 3.5m (w)
Commission by Kirshe Keachele for the MONA (Museum of old and New Art) summer market
With special thanks to: Gerard Willems for construction of altar, stools and framing; Paulette Whitney and Kris Shaffer for foliage decorations, and Alex Martin for biophany sound track
The Chapel has been specifically created to honour Tasmanian native flora and fauna. It invites you to contemplate the variety and beauty of Tasmania's unique species while listening to the sound of Tasmanian birds calling to each other.
The design was inspired by the interiors of early Latvian and Norwegian wooden churches, and the lithographic images of Tasmanian animals and plants by John Gould (1804-1881) and Louisa Anne Meredith (1812-1895). There are 6 large images, decorated with Tasmanian flowers, foliage and LED lighting, which include portraits of the extinct Tasmanian Tiger (hanging behind the altar), a Bennett's Wallaby, Tasmanian ringtail possums, and the Tasmanian Devil. The 36 smaller images are reproduced from original 18th and 19th century engravings and lithographs of animals and birds native to Tasmania.
The chapel itself is a wooden hexagon with an amber glass apex that streams beams of golden light into the space. Contact MONA if you would like to get married in the Chapel - or come along on Saturdays for occasional bibliomancy readings by Brigita.