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Mona Foma Beacon

Intrigued – and perhaps even a little alarmed – at MONA’s Dr Evil-inspired announcement of a huge fricking laser firing away at Hobart this weekend I ventured up kunanyi / Mt Wellington armed with nothing but a camera and a tin foil hat.

Mona Foma's huge fricking laser (aka BEACON) from kunanyi on Sunday night

Mona Foma’s huge fricking laser (aka BEACON) from kunanyi on Sunday night

The huge fricking lasers were based on Rosny Hill on Hobart’s eastern shore and swung wildly through the evening. Every now and then, however, they would hold steady and point in one direction for a short period, creating a stunning light saber to rival even that of Spectra.

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Wider angle on the beacon beam.

Then all of a sudden they would pulsate wildly crating stunning effects for the camera.

The Beacon laser light show by Robin Fox. Part of Mona Foma 2022

The Beacon laser light show by Robin Fox. Part of Mona Foma 2022

 

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Shortly after the shot above

The light show was in fact Beacon, by Robin Fox. You could tune in to music and effects which were all in sync with the pulsating light. Rather spectacular, as Mona related light shows generally are – Dark Path, Articulated Intersect.

mona foma beacon 2022 from kunanyi mt wellington

First shot of the evening, aiming to include some of the snow gum woodland. The mist along the river certainly added a lot to the scene!

 

mona foma beacon 2022 from kunanyi mt wellington

The view was better right up on top though of course 🙂

 

mona foma beacon 2022 from kunanyi mt wellington

Wider angle shot from the top of kunanyi / Mt Wellington

 

mona foma beacon 2022 from kunanyi mt wellington

Wide angle shot as the lasers fill the sky above Hobart

After an hour or so up kunanyi/Mt Wellington I headed down, aiming to get some shots from Montagu Bay near the source of the beams. I stopped in South Hobart on the way.

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View from South Hobart – much closer to the beams from here

 

mona foma beacon 2022 from south hobart

Beacon from South Hobart

 

mona foma beacon 2022 from south hobart

Beacon from South Hobart

 

mona foma beacon 2022 from south hobart

Beacon from South Hobart

In the end I spent a little too long in South Hobart, the lasers being switched off almost immediately upon my arrival on the eastern shore.

But the best news of all is that I survived the huge fricking lasers – the tin foil hat must have done the trick 😉

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.