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Taking a walk on the dark side

THOUSANDS rugged up in their cosiest winter woollies and braved the Tassie chill to experience the dark side of art at this year’s Dark Mofo Festival – and Hobart’s newest footbridge played a starring role.

Around 75,000 people visited Dark Path across eight evenings – enough people to fill Blundstone Arena almost four times over.

Most started their journey into the darkness by crossing the Bridge of Remembrance, linking the Cenotaph and Regatta Grounds parking with the fire-lit path through the Queens Domain.

Visitors were given glimpses of places rarely open to the public, including Beaumaris Zoo and the Victoria Gunpowder Magazine.

With significant support from the City of Hobart, the new addition to the Dark Mofo line-up proved a highlight on the 2019 program.

“The City of Hobart contributed $131,000 toward the Dark Path installations and displays, and kept track of visitor numbers throughout the festival,” Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“Tens of thousands of people poured across the Bridge of Remembrance on their way into Dark Path, where they were met by a mystical winter forest, complete with light and art installations, bars and food stops.

“Families from Hobart, interstate and overseas delighted in exploring the Soldier’s Memorial Avenue, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and the Queens Domain bushlands in a very different way during Dark Mofo.

“It’s wonderful that Dark Path and the Bridge of Remembrance have helped reconnect the people of Hobart with the Queens Domain, which is an incredible space that is set to become the jewel in the crown of our parks and open areas.”

Cr Reynolds commended City of Hobart staff who worked closely with DarkLab to improve tracks, eliminate public safety hazards and protect the cultural, historic and environmental values of the Queens Domain throughout Dark Mofo.

Caption: Tens of thousands of visitors flooded Dark Path as part of this year’s Dark Mofo festival. Photo credit: Dark Mofo/Rémi Chauvin, 2019