I always like visiting the NGV with it's impressive waterfall entrance and it's amazing Grand Hall with it's spectacular stained glass ceiling.
|National Gallery Victoria - St Kilda Rd, Melbourne|
|The magnificent waterfall entry to the NGV. |
The first time I ever visited this gallery I thought the water ran down between two sheets of glass. It wasn't until I put my face and hands on it and I got drenched I realised it didn't.
The Grand Hall was opened on August 20, 1968.
|This magnificent ceiling is the world's largest stained-glass ceiling |
and was designed by Australian artist Leonard French.
The ceiling is high 13.72 metres and a vast 60.9 x 15.24 metres.
|The 224 triangles of diamond-cut primary colours weigh 300 kilograms each.|
|11 Headed Bodhisattva|
|A delicate but powerful piece|
|It was hard to get a great photo of this statue as it was behind glass. |
But for some reason it mesmerised me.
The explanation in the NGV information brochure is "Explore the story of Buddha in his multitude of incarnations, from Buddhist-inspired works of art and Zen philosophy to Buddhist costume, religious symbolism, painting conventions and historical narratives. Buddha's Smile reveals the unique style and mediums of art throughout Asia with a focus on the tranquility and silent transmission of Buddhist philosophy through simple gestures of a smile."
Our God, Laughing Buddha
Digital print on aluminium
|The Our God, Laughing Buddha work is actually made up of |
thousands of photos of Jesus, as shown in detail above.
The artist also made a corresponding piece of work of Jesus made
up up thousands of photos of the Laughing Buddha.
Ceremonial hanging and covering... 19th Century
Depicting the life of King Ashoka -Buddha
"The Buddha smiled and varicoloured rays of light extended from the smile, up to the gods in heaven and down to the various hells, where warmth brought relief to those suffering in the cold hells and it's coolness brought relief to those in the hot hells'..........
......Adaptation from The Legend of King Ashoka