It’s now seven months since I took over as curator for the Art at the Park series at Holly Kai Park and generally looking after things there alongside Estate owner Nber Medici and park owner, Hollykai Resident.
Prior to opening our first exhibitions at the end of 2015, I worked on making some changes at the park. At the time, I didn’t want to make too many changes, because a lot of time and effort had been put into redeveloping the park in the first place.
However, running six events at Holly Kai – particularly three large ensemble exhibitions – convinced me of two things. The first was that I simply don’t have the bandwidth to manage two series of art exhibitions with roughly monthly openings each. The second was that the park could do with some changes and swap-outs just to reduced the rendering load being placed on people’s viewers.
So, for the last few days, we’ve been engaged in revamping things. The work is still in progress, and due to the nature of some of the changes, won’t be finished for a while yet. For one thing, we have an exhibition running at the moment, and have no wish to disrupt that. However, a lot of the core changes have now been made.
- The Pavilion, Holly Kai Park’s live event venue, has been relocated to the south-west corner of the region, where it overlooks largely open water
- Holly Kai Garden now serves two functions: it is the location for the studio and terrace of our new Artist-in-Residence, Silas Merlin, whom I am delighted to say will be joining us in due course. His studio now sits alongside mine, with an outdoor terrace display area facing it
- Caitinara Bar has relocated to the Garden area, which now has its own beach front.
The Pavilion, Caitinara Bar and the garden all have their own landing points, and both the garden and the Pavilion are linked to the main landing point via bridges. Quite a lot of the high render cost foliage and trees have been replaced with items which are hopefully less of a burden on systems, while some of the park paths have been reworked to make them easier to follow.
Those those who enjoy sailing in the area, the west side beach is still available for moorings – 60 minutes loiter time with re-rez at the slips.
There’s still some more work to be done around the art hill, but for now, the changes described here are all in place and ready for people to visit, We hope you like the updates, and look forward to see you at Holly Kai Park soon.
Holly Kai Park Revised SLurls
Holly Kai Park is rated Moderate.