Design Tasmania will now be able to upscale its events capacity, thanks to a state-of-the-art kitchen and outdoor barbecue.
The barbecue was designed by Mona-affiliated artist Kirsha Kaechele, in collaboration with master blacksmith Pete Mattila.
The sculptural barbecue was created for use as part of Mona’s Living Table program at Newstead College, which involved students developing a menu of invasive species along with other arts activities.
“The whole philosophy was the act of doing things that are part of every life, like eating, became art – so, of course, the thing you cook on has to be a sculpture,” Ms Kaechele said.
It was originally intended for Mona’s 24 Carrot Garden program in disadvantaged schools, which Ms Kaechele said she hoped to expand into Northern schools, depending on funding.
However, it was snapped up by Design Tasmania.
The kitchen and barbecue were funded by the state government, the City of Launceston Council, and the Alcorso Foundation.