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Children's Art Centre
Until July 22
GOMA's children's centre has been stunningly transformed into a giant virtual aviary in its current installation by Adelaide artist Fiona Hall, under the umbrella of the Contemporary Australia Woman expo.
The fantasy starts when visitors enter through a nineteenth century museum style antechamber scattered with migratory bird specimens from the Queensland Museum, origami birds fashioned by Fiona and bank notes from various countries, setting the scene for the inspiration behind the art – the migratory nature of people and birds.
The main room where all the art action takes place is a virtual forest of towering wooden trees whose branches await the ornithological creations of young budding artists.
Fiona's other fascination – Sri Lanka, its culture, history and peoples – finds its way into the art centre too, with a video installation of bird life on a Sri Lankan lake during monsoon and stunning custom-made wallpaper depicting odd but complementary bedfellows Sri Lankan birds and military camouflage.