Ann Holt

Public Artwork: Terre Ambulare (Earth walk ) 2013

Terre Ambulare

Ann Holt, Terra Ambulare (Earth Walk), 2012, acrylic paint on wood panels, 2.4 x 22.8 meters.

The large scale, site specific public artwork Terra Ambulare (Earth Walk) was painted on a series of adjoining, floating wood panels, forming a twenty-three-meter panorama that is installed along Cascade Road in South Hobart, Tasmania. The theme of this work is impermanence, the changing history of place and a reminder that we are all just passing through.

Local history unfolds in the overlay of numerous figures that denote sites and events such as the cascading rivulet that lead to the establishment of Australia's first brewery (Cascade). Images of the infamous folklore tale of the Flash mob refers to the colonial era when a group of convict women lifted their skirts in front of the Governor's wife, Lady Jane Franklin, in protest of the inhumane conditions in South Hobart's notorious Female Factory prison (1828-1856).

The painting documents Charles Darwin's visit in 1836 where he noted the areas vegetation was 'very luxuriant'. In 1967 catastrophic bushfires engulfed this region and the charcoaled silhouettes of tress in the painting concede to its devastation. Scenes of contemporary life in the area along with several local species of birds and reptiles are included as well as a ghostly figure of Tasmania's long-lost extinct Thylacine that may have once roamed these hills in times past. The background scene encapsulates the geographical features of the area including the monolithic presence of Mount Wellington and  vistas of the labyrinth of meandering landforms and waterways that make up the surrounding Derwent River and D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

Terra Ambulare (Earth Walk) was commissioned by South Hobart Sustainable Living and was jointly funded by Hobart City Council and The Tasmanian Community Development Fund. It was officially launched by The Honourable Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Damon Thomas on 10th February 2013.