Snake makes way for the Red Queen

Snake, by acclaimed Australian Artist, Sidney Nolan, is a mammoth mural made of 1620 individual paintings. Nolan’s largest work, was never displayed in its entirety in Australia until David Walsh, the genius behind MONA, purchased it and made a gallery big enough, and fittingly enough, to display it.

A cavernous space made for Nolan's masterpiece
A cavernous space made for Nolan’s masterpiece
Where Snake once sprawled!
Where Snake once sprawled!

Everything about Snake is huge: its size (46m long and 9m high); its concept and composition (1620 intricate images, each a piece of art, puzzled together to create a Dreamtime-inspired serpent); and, not to forget, its mesmerising beauty. All of which makes the fact that it was in storage for the best part of four decades a travesty.
Sublime Snake
Sublime Snake

Intricate, colourful, inspirational!
Intricate, colourful, inspirational!

Every panel is unique
Every panel is unique

Well folks, Snake is coming down but hopefully not for too long! Snake is a personal favourite of Iced Vovo (actually I like most of Nolan’s work) and was certainly the standout feature on my first visit to the gallery. It brought a tear to my eye then as it did on this day as I saw the remains of it on the wall and the rest being packed away carefully in to crates.
Carefully curated into crates
Carefully curated into crates

Hope to see you soon Snake
Hope to see you soon Snake

I am very keen to see what is going to fill the space Snake has inhabited and am eagerly awaiting the opening of The Red Queen exhibition to find out. Make sure you pop back to the blog in a couple of weeks time as Mr Iced Vovo have ear-marked Tuesday 18 June to attend the night-time opening of the exhibition running from 6pm-12midnight.

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