Ann Holt

Public Artwork: Terre Ambulare (Earth walk ) 2013

Terre Ambulare

Ann Holt, Terra Ambulare (Earth Walk), 2013, acrylic paint on wood panels, 2.4 x 22.8 meters.

This 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 the changing history of place and a reminder that we are all just passing through.

History unfolds over a background scene that encapsulates the geographical features of the area including the monolithic presence of Mount Wellington and the  labyrinth of meandering  waterways that make up the surrounding Derwent River and D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

Numerous silhoutted figures in the foreground denote the areas history such as the discovery of a cascading rivulet that led to the establishment of Australia's first brewery and female convicts in the local workhouse. A folklore tale of the infamous Flash mob refers to an incident in colonial times when a group of inmates at South Hobart's notorious Female Factory prison (1828-1856) lifted their skirts and flashed their bare behinds at a visting  Governor's wife, Lady Jane Franklin, in protest of their inhumane living conditions.

Charles Darwin's explored South Hobart's mountainous terrain 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, rejuvenation, native birds and reptiles are included in the painting as well as a ghostly figure of Tasmania's long-lost extinct Thylacine that may have once roamed these hills in times past.

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.