Rone - Empire

As historic 1930s Burnham Beeches gets set to have its much-awaited transformation into a luxury hotel by entrepreneur and celebrity chef Shannon Bennett and partner Adam Garrison, the street artist known as Rone has been working hard to the contrary, adding another level of decay to the already dilapidated venue.

Reimagining a classic

Located in the heart of Victoria's Dandenong Ranges, Burnham Beeches has a rich and colourful history. Once an admired art deco-style hotel, the property even played host to the Prince and Princess of Wales in the 1980s.

After 25 years of neglect, Bennett and Garrison purchased the property in 2014 with ambitious plans to open a restaurant, hotel, emu farm, piggery, trufferie, brewery, cooking school… the list goes on. However, with final approvals secured for the development, Bennett and Garrison decided to hand the entire property over to renowned Melbourne street artist Rone before work begins later in the year.  

Darkness and light

Tyrone Wright (Rone) is known for his urban art works around Melbourne's inner-north and along the Silo Art Trail. His haunting portraits of women's faces are aimed at finding the friction between beauty and decay.

Part exhibition, part installation, part VR and AR experience, the Empire exhibit combines art, vision, sound, light, botanical design and scent to take audiences on an immersive multi-sensory journey. Walk from room to room and discover the imagined past of a faded icon represented by Rone's muse for the project, actor Lily Sullivan from Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Event details

Dates: 6 March - 22 April 2019
Tickets: Sold out
Transport: Catch the train to Belgrave Station and take the Dandenong Ranges Shuttle Bus to the venue. Shuttle fee is $5 and also stops in Sassafras. Available Thursday to Sunday, all day.
Onsite parking is available for a fee.

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