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
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.