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Marina Abramović to Design a Spa
In the jacuzzi with James Turrell?
News 14 Dec 2018

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Image via TED ideas 
Yes, you heard that right. Performance queen Marina Abramović and king of artistic light and space, James Turrell have joined forces for a  surprising new project; designing a spa. The spa that will be part of a luxury hotel complex that is estimated to open in Tasmania in 2024 and will cost a whopping $300 million. The project is the brainchild of Tasmanian millionaire and art collector David Walsh.
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The hotel will be called Motown, and it will have 176 luxury rooms, plus a 1,075-seat theatre, a library, a multi-purpose conference centre, gallery, and office space. The complex will also be home to lots of new artworks. “Some of the art will be quite good. We are even working on some super-duper, ‘special experience’ rooms with some really-quite-good artists” – the website states. But the cherry on the top will be a spa designed by James Turrell and Marina Abramović. The hotel complex will be accessible “mainly via the water by ferry.” Motown is planned to be  located next to Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), a subterranean museum that he’s previously described as a “subversive adult Disneyland.”
Motown Atrium
Atrium, part of the proposed Motown development image via Motown website 
While Turrell’s artistic mood lighting makes perfect sense for a spa, we are interested to see what Abramović will bring to the table…possibly a treatment which includes sitting on a chair for long periods of time or staring aimlessly into Turrell’s light installations? We will have to wait another five years to find out…Where can we pre-sign up?!
Text by Peigi Mackillop

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