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With an earlier shot (see note) I outlined what makes the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) so unique in Australia. MONA also differs from almost every other Australian museum and gallery by allowing photography (no flash though). Marvellous!

The lady in red is examining what was probably my favourite piece, the "Berlin Buddha". This is a two-part artwork, the nearer component being a very substantial aluminium and steel mould to create the second half facing the camera: a large Buddha (the head apparently came off when cast) made by Zhang Huan from over eight tonnes of incense ash collected from shrines in Shanghai.

It is called the Berlin Buddha because a version was first made in Berlin in 2007. The casting reflects Buddhist teachings about life and death, from existence to nothingness - and (intentionally) is slowly crumbling away, as seen by the surrounding ring of ash on the floor (see the inset note).

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Swetlana Hasenjäger, forlornhop, Eva Harten, Rhisiart Hincks and 4 other people have particularly liked this photo

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Annemarie club
wonderful exposure and dark/light
have a great day:)
6 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Annemarie club
Thank you, Annemarie.
6 years ago.
 Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
It is wonderful, simply wonderful!
6 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Peter Van Der Houwen
Thank you, Peter.
6 years ago.
Tacheles club
Awesome! The included PIP Buddha picture is worth to be published in full size as well. Wonderful lighting.
6 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Tacheles club
Thank you, Norbert. I thought about that long and hard, before deciding to run with just the main shot.
6 years ago.
 Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Interessante Museumsexponaten ! Sehr gue Aufnahme !
6 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Swetlana Hasenjäger
Danke, Swetlana.
6 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Excellent creation, well done;-)
Your beautiful capture was seen in Stunning Shots on Black

6 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Thank you very much, June.
6 years ago.
tiabunna club
Thank you for your comments, my friends. I must apologise for not responding sooner to your comments, but the past few days have been hectic.
6 years ago.
Meadowmom club
Splendid, great angle. Haven't they lit it well...
6 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Meadowmom club
Thank you, yes the way they have used space and lighting is superb.
6 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Great capture, thank you for sharing with us at Historical & Architectural Gems
6 years ago.
tiabunna club has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Thank you.
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