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Australia’s Bilbao?

This bold new art museum is a game changer

By Nikki Gemmell   January 2012

Above: Mona, the eccentric vision of David Walsh

“Don’t let them call it ‘Australia’s Bilbao,’” pleads David Walsh, the man behind Mona, an extraordinary new art museum in Tasmania. “I hate that particular piece of architectural masturbation so much. Can’t I be Laputa or Shangri-La or Arcadia, or Disneyland? Anything other than Bilbao.”

“I know it’s a reference to the economic effect on an otherwise worthless backwater, but if Gehry met his brief in any way it must have been: ‘build something so over the top that it appeals to the lowest common denominator that divides all of us.’…

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