Tonight I went to a performance at the Old Museum.
I was a little delayed in getting ready, because I looked out the window and saw the amazing full moon and just had to take a photo. Apparently the moon is the closest to the Earth that it gets through the year tonight.
Unfortunately it was hiding behind the clouds a bit, so this is the only clear shot I was able to get. A little preview for those of you in the northern hemisphere only getting started on your Saturday.
The performance I saw was Vikram and the Vampire by the Zen Zen Zo company. It was a very spirited and lively performance, a little more abstract than I normally go for, but enjoyable. The Old Museum was such a lovely venue. I’d never been before – it was just one of those buildings I’ve driven past many times and never paid much attention to.
But tonight I took the time to really take a look and appreciate it. It was built in 1891 as an exhibition space for the Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association and in that time has been a concert hall and housed the art gallery – but for the majority of its years it was the museum. Now it’s mainly a performance space.
Australia is such a young country and for the most part so is our architecture, so I really enjoy seeing these old buildings in our cities.
The full moon added to the ambience.
There was such an effort made to balance function and aesthetics. Do you think we still make that effort? Or is it just in a different way these days? All I know is, they don’t make buildings like this anymore.