Melbourne’s RISING festival returns with music, art... and a big hole
After being postponed in 2020, then cancelled in 2021, Victoria’s ‘new’ winter arts festival goes all-out with art that must be seen to be believed.
Melbourne is a city filled with holes, but not many done in the name of art.
From June 9 to 12, a perfect, circular hole will be dug in Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr by members of the public. And then it will be filled up. That’s it. That’s the artwork.
“When people get into it, they really get into it,” says Bron Batten, on the multiple creatives behind the aptly named work, The Hole. “I wouldn't be surprised at RISING if we had people come back over multiple days because there’s just something about it.”
Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that The Hole provokes a reaction and further questions from all those who encounter it. The main question being, "why?”.
“Why not?” Batten says. “Why not dig a hole?”