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    Posted: 12 April 2019 at 08:43
"Empire" is an art installation by artist Rone and his collaborators Carly Spooner (interior stylist, props), Nick Batterham (sound design), and Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler (experiential art installations using natural materials). It has been a year in the making and is ephemeral - being in place for just seven weeks before being dismantled on 22 April. After which it will only exist in photos and memories.
Burnham Beeches is a magnificent Art Deco mansion built in 1933 in the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne by Alfred Nicholas who made his fortune with "Aspro" aspirin tablets. It was his family home, then became a hospital and research facility during WW2, later a luxury hotel, but that didn't last and it has been abandoned and mothballed for the past twenty years.
Now owned by top chef and restauranteur Shannon Bennett and his business partner Adam Garrison, they intend to bring it back to its former glory as a fine dining establishment and retreat hotel, but that's just in the planning stages.
They offered it to Rone and his collaborators who found it all bare - white plaster walls and timber floors and in a semi dilapidated state. A blank canvas. They have created something quite amazing as a visual and sensory experience. Here are some of the photos I took when we visited.
Rone used Australian actress Lily Sullivan as his model.
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Main entrance, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

2.
Art Deco, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

3. Very much like Miss Haversham's place in "Great Expectations"?
Dining room installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

4.
Dining table installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

5.
Dining room with mural, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

6.
Grand staircase ascent, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Grand staircase descent, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 April 2019 at 11:13
Continuing on the upper floor:

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Blue room installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Scarlette room installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

10.
His room desk installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

11.
His room radio installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

12. This installation is quite breath-taking. A created library/study that is half flooded with black inky water.
The flooded study installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Sun room installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

14.
The sun room installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

15. The boudoir, with a subtle "selfie".
Her room installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 April 2019 at 12:31
Hi Joe,

If Shannon Bennet has any sense he will try and maintain some semblance of the 'presence' this art installation gives the place when he moves it forward as it's an alluring combination of design and ambiance that the modern 'fine dining fraternity' would go wild for I suspect.

There is so much (too much even) to comment on but your work and eye makes for a wonderful journey up and through the house (so far). If I had to choose just a couple of images the first would have to be, by far, #12 - what that must look like in the flesh I can only dream of, but the air of intrigue coupled with decay and, dare I say, decadence, comes across very clearly in this evocative shot of yours. Of the others, I would be tempted to add to the list #14 - the combination of the openness they've created with the portrait on the wall looking through the window into a distance starts a journey in the mind to what or where she could be going on to.

It's both a masterful set of images (can't wait for the next set!) together with a masterful piece of creation. BTW - I knew it was a 1930's building as soon as I saw the first image without reading the text; those evocative curved bay windows just scream 1930's design!

Thanks for sharing these images and I look forward to seeing further shots in the series.

best regards,

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 April 2019 at 19:19
That's an interesting place and set of pictures Joe! I like the second set a bit better than the first and agree on #12 with Neil. TFS
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I've read about this place somewhere before (with a few and not so good pictures) and I'm glad one of us made it there to give us a grand tour. For me #7 is my favourite in this strong set. It's probably the interaction between the portrait and the people on the stairs, and I'm a sucker for nice stairs in the base case
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Thanks for the preview. I thought I had missed out on tickets to this event but I got lucky through a Meetup group and will now be going late on Easter Monday for the penultimate session of the event.

Joe, I see you used the same camera/lens as I am intending to use. I note that no backpacks are permitted; how tightly managed were the restrictions on a small bag for a second lens (along with the usual phone wallet keys etc)?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 April 2019 at 02:14
Thanks for the comments and feedback.

Neil - as part of the visit, you end up in a Virtual Reality room where you put on VR goggles and headset and experience a 10 minute movie about how the installation was created and realised, and see the transformation of Burnham Beeches from a derelict shell into what is now installed, and a little of how it was all done.
I believe that after the installation has been taken down and the property gets to be refurbished, diners and guests will be able to similarly experience "Empire" as a virtual reality using goggle and headsets, so it will at least live on in that way.

Adam - good to hear you'll be getting to see this remarkable art installation and sensory experience. I suspect in its last days and over Easter it will be very crowded compared to when we visited, but so be it. I simply took in my camera and fitted lens so there wasn't any issue. I don't know about how they might deal with a lens bag. They do state some obvious restrictions - no touching, no stepping over the barriers, no commercial photography (they are selling books and framed professional prints in their gallery), no food or drink. I'll be interested to see your take on it after you've been.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atom Ant Oz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 April 2019 at 03:35
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Adam - good to hear you'll be getting to see this remarkable art installation and sensory experience. I suspect in its last days and over Easter it will be very crowded compared to when we visited, but so be it. I simply took in my camera and fitted lens so there wasn't any issue. I don't know about how they might deal with a lens bag. They do state some obvious restrictions - no touching, no stepping over the barriers, no commercial photography (they are selling books and framed professional prints in their gallery), no food or drink. I'll be interested to see your take on it after you've been.

Fingers crossed that it won't be over crowded. Every session is meant to be limited to ~ 80 and sold out, so there shouldn't be any more visitors at my session than you experienced.
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Continuing on downstairs......

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Games room installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Billiards, "Empire", Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

18.
Billiards table installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Games table installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Dining installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

21. Obviously not part of the installation - just an authentic detail from the original building.
Art Deco door latch, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

22.
Lounge room installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

23.
Lounge fireside installation, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

24.
The conservatory, Burnham Beeches by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Post Options Post Options   Quote maewpa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2019 at 06:54
Wow! Great art and an absolute gift for a photographer. Yum!!!

Love that library, but every room is a beauty. I wish this was not temporary!
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Originally posted by maewpa maewpa wrote:

Wow! Great art and an absolute gift for a photographer. Yum!!!

Love that library, but every room is a beauty. I wish this was not temporary!


Thanks Paul,
The artist Rone is originally a street artist, and this is his take on it:

"My whole career has been based around street art, so the idea that nothing lasts forever is well ingrained.
This kind of project is another extension of that. I guess it allows people to have an emotional attachment that I too might have to my work, that feeling is also complicated by loss and connection. It's all part of the process. It's also what makes authentic street art exciting.
You have to come and see it today as it might not be there tomorrow. That's why it's gaining a cult following - people want a contemporary art experience that's in the moment."

And as per my earlier response to Neil, the installation will be able to be experienced in virtual reality by visitors to Burnham Beeches in the future, after it has gone.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2019 at 07:27
Great photo's in what looks like photographers heaven. But also the building looks amazing and the work that got into making it look like it was deserted for ages must have taken a lot of effort. Hats off. TFS Joe .
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