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Devil of a time at Hobart Airport

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Close up of braille that says "Please sit with me", on the Ruth Waterhouse's Tasmanian devil sculpture.
Braille on the chin of the tasmanian devil sculpture. Photo courtesy of Ruth Waterhouse

Have you ever come across those cute little Tasmanian devils at the Hobart Airport? Made in cast bronze by Curtis Hore, they are the creation of Tasmanian artist Ruth Waterhouse.
What makes these little devils so special is if you tickle them under their chins you will find the gentle bumps of A grade braille. Each devil is saying something different which reflects each one’s unique and cheeky personality. Ruth wanted to create something that was accessible for everyone. Ruth explains,

Sculpture is tactile. Using braille is a way to encourage people to touch the sculpture. I wanted to have a bit of fun and include as many people from toddlers to adults to enjoy the sculptures.

The little devil that is sitting on the suitcase growls “Please sit with me”!

So next time you visit Hobart airport give the devils a tickle under the chin and discover what the others are telling you!

If you know what the other devils are saying, post it to the VisAbility Tasmania Facebook page and Ruth may let you in on the secret!

Image of artist Ruth Watherhouse checking out the Braille under the chin of the tasmanian devil sculpture at the airtport.
Artist Ruth Waterhouse checking out the Braille and giving her a tickle under the chin.
Image of the sculpture three Tasmanian Devils playing with luggage at Hobart airport
Tasmanian Devil sculpture at the Hobart Airport

All Images are courtesy of Ruth Waterhouse.