Set amongst the decaying glory of art deco mansion, Burnham Beeches in Victoria’s stunning Yarra Ranges, Empire is Australia’s internationally renowned artist Rone’s most ambitious takeover yet.
For the past 20 years, Burnham Beeches, which was the grand, country hills home of the Nicholas family of the Aspro dynasty, has sat empty and waiting. Enter street artist Rone and his team with a vision to transform this iconic mansion into something you will only ever have one chance to see! One of the most fascinating homes in greater Melbourne, is now home – for a limited time – to one of the most disruptive and awe-inspiring large scale art installations you will ever experience.
Empire is a captivating envelopment of the senses, the heart and the mind. Discover the liminal beauty between the magnificent and the decayed at this exhibition in which twelve rooms with more than 500 pieces of furniture and decorations have been hand picked and curated to reflect a story of time lost. From grand pianos that have weathered in the storm, to abandoned dinner parties and upturned glasses – this immersive experience has no equal. Every moment you wander the grand halls and rooms has been created to affect you - specially blended scents enhance the moodiness of rooms, evocative soundscapes ripple through the walls and floors, and atmospheric lighting effects cast deep shadows and illuminate crystalline cobwebs. Water creates darkened pools reflecting large scale murals, branches invade hallways. Every spec of dirt and dust has been thought about.
Tickets must be pre-purchased and will give you 90 minutes of access to the exhibition. Group sizes are limited to 80 people at a time so you can explore and relish this experience while preserving the essence of the installation. You can also experience Rone's work as well as the history of this installation in the Virtual Reality room situated on the ground floor of the home.
Afterwards, spend time in the gallery admiring the full size photographic works where limited edition prints, postcards and official programs are available for purchase while you enjoy a quiet drink (evening sessions only) with local heroes Four Pillars Gin, Innocent Bystander wines and Hargreaves Hill ready to enjoy. During the day The Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches (adjacent) is a perfect destination for coffee and meals.
We are incredibly fortunate to be able to experience this artist and his work right here in the Dandenong Ranges at the iconic Burnham Beeches.