Street Artist Transforms Abandoned Melbourne Mansion In His Installation Empire
Located in the Dandenong Ranges, a set of low-lying mountains approximately 35 kilometres outside Melbourne, Burnham Beeches is an art deco mansion that dates back to the 1920’s. Although stately and beautiful, the building has sat abandoned for the past 20 years. This year, local artist Rone transformed the house into an interactive and immersive piece of art, and now for a limited time only, members of the public have the chance to step inside to discover the secrets it holds.
Called Empire, the project saw Rone furnishing the house with over 500 individual antique pieces, including a grand piano that was left to the elements for several weeks to age. Described as part exhibition, part installation, it combines visual art, sound, light, botanical design and scents, all of which work together to target the senses of people that visit. Each of the 12 rooms has been designed differently, and are thematically linked to the changing of the seasons.