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I'm not sure what part of this exhibition is more exciting. The possibility of a first in a lifetime opportunity to step inside Flinders Street Station's secret ballroom OR the exhibition A Miracle Constantly Repeated—an eco-system of hyper-real silicone sculptures, video, sound and light devised by Patricia Piccinini.
If you have seen Patricia Piccinini's work anywhere, her half-human, half-animalistic sculptures will already be seared on your imagination. I've only seen her work The Young Family at the Bendigo Art Gallery and it was unforgettable.
The third floor ballroom, has been closed to the public since 1985, and is rarely open to visitors. Entry is so coveted Open House Melbourne had a special entry a few years ago to a secret "Golden Ticket," tucked into a couple of visitor's programs. These were highly prized!
The heyday of the ballroom was in the 1950s and 60s, when public dances were held and always timed, so attendees could catch the last train home.
Piccinini's work borders on the edge of art and science. Piccinini spent close to three decades exploring humanity's relationship to technology and the environment.
Her work has been exhibited at major Australian and international institutions and events including the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and the Vancouver and Venice biennales.
Australia's foremost visual artist will complement the ballroom's architecture with enormous dioramas, and sculptures. The message is an empathetic vision of the future built on resilience and care.
Need to Know
Entry is via door at 273 Flinders Street, near Boost Juice.
Face masks are a requirement of entry.
Note if you are bringing infants - Pram Parking on level 2 but will not be able to be taken into the main exhibition on level 3
Re bringing children. Google her previous work. Piccinini's work is brilliant but might not be appropriate for certain children. Images here.