Photographs by Ben Hosking
/ Project undertaken in collaboration with MONA and Kit Wise
Anchored off the edge of Berridale Peninsula at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, the pontoon is part science research station, part social gathering space and part swimming platform. Hung around the perimeter of the ironbark timber deck are a series of baskets containing 1500 oysters; efficient natural bio filters that are monitored in relation to river health. Situated through the middle of the platform is a long low table for group dinners, climbing at one end to form a granite -clad standing height table, fish cleaning block, or a warm surface to sun oneself after a cold swim. One end of the deck is raised to make a stage for performances, with a space under to store monitoring equipment and sun shading umbrellas. At the opposite end of the deck is a series of steps into the water for those brave enough to take a dip in the cold River Derwent.