Utopia in flames is a painted signal box by Wiradjuri artist Beth Thornber. This work forms part of an ongoing body of work which began as a child at her Nan and Pop’s house.
Listening to her Pop tell wild and lyrical stories of animal and plant life, the grandkids would draw these scenes with cheap markers on Pop’s back, dancing and acting out the scenes shared.
This work depicts a nirvana in which animal and plant life thrive in vivid colour. In this work, birds and snakes dance together under the gum tree, weaving in and out through the kaleidoscopic flower fields of Country.
Elizabeth Street & Federal Street, North Hobart TAS
Signal Box Hobart is an initiative of City of Hobart managed by Urban Smart Projects.