Hobart’s proposed 117m Art Tower could become Tasmania’s tallest building

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Hobart's proposed 117m Art Tower could become Tasmania's tallest building
A visualisation of Detached’s Art Tower on the Hobart skyline

Hobart’s low-rise skyline could be transformed by a 117m “Art Tower”, set to be Tasmania’s tallest building if completed, as proposed, by 2017.

Plans for the climbable tower – a semi-transparent steel structure lit by a mesh of white-LED lights – were presented in a public forum at the city’s Odeon theatre on the second day of the annual Dark Mofo festival of art, light and music.

While it has yet to gain Hobart City Council planning approval, festival and project director Leigh Carmichael said the Art Tower would give Hobart and Tasmania a “new cultural icon” that would attract local, national and international visitors.

“There is a groundswell of cultural activity in and around Hobart and this is part of the next wave,” said Carmichael, who is part of the creative team at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), David Walsh’s privately owned gallery on the outskirts of the city.

Since Walsh opened his museum, bar, restaurant and hotel complex in 2011, Hobart has seen a huge influx in tourists and a knock-on boost to food and arts across Tasmania. []