Revised 5 December 2019
More than 500 hand sourced props and furniture.
One year in the making.
From the moment you entered Empire, you were transported into a world of wonder and decay. As if abandoned on the eve of some monumental event, the home has been left for nature and art to reclaim.
Empire at Burnham Beecheswas art that you moved through – with sights, sounds and scents all part of the immersive experience. From libraries filled with water, to upturned chairs at an abandoned dining table laden with art deco crockery, from the faded silk duvet and frayed carpets of ‘Her Bedroom’ (Princess Diana is reputed to have stayed in this very room on a visit to Australia) to discarded champagne glass towers. From vines and branches reclaiming the walls and walkways, to rooms filled with autumn leaves, settling dust and etheric cobwebs – a visit to this stunning exhibition left you breathless and amazed.
Empire was Australia’s internationally renowned artist Rone’s most ambitious takeover yet. Set amongst the decaying glory of art deco mansion, Burnham Beeches in Victoria’s stunning Yarra Ranges, it was a multi-sensory experience — part exhibition, part installation, part Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experience that combind art, vision, sound, light, botanical design and scent. Empire was unlike any other exhibition seen in Australia to date.
This exhibition was installed for six weeks only before disappearing forever, and was simply not to be missed. Its immersive quality, sense of scale, elaborate detail and story was beyond comprehension.
We were super fortunate to be able to experience this artist and his work right here in the Dandenong Ranges at the iconic Burnham Beeches. You may be familiar with Rone’s work as a street artist in Melbourne, or on the Silo Art Projects in country Victoria, but his work is recognised and applauded worldwide.
Photos: Suzanne Phoenix