Faro Tapas Bar, MONA – WHAT THE..?! REVIEW

My glass of sparkling wine travelled across our table by itself in Faro Tapas Bar!


MONA, Tasmania is a pretty WHAT THE..?! place in its own right. However, Jim and I experienced this unexpected and unusual incident on Thursday 4th January 2018 in MONA’s Faro Tapas Bar.

Before you think, yeah right, know that 1st February 2018 I received a confirmation email from MONA’s Communications Team, which can be found at the bottom of this post.

Not only that, I’m very happy to report that MONA published my two blog comments regarding the strange occurrence. You can find them in this post too. Thanks, MONA!


N.B.: Bold turquoise words are links, (but not these ones right here 😉 )


I contacted MONA about Faro Tapas Bar’s mysterious moving glass…

However, it took a while for MONA – Museum of Old and New Art – to publish my posts about the travelling glass.

This didn’t surprise me.

I could have been a fanciful patron swept up by the wings of imagination buzzing inside MONA’s hive of creativity…

MONA is a WHAT THE..?! sort of place. Then, on top my glass moves by itself across the table in the Faro Tapas Bar!

…so they needed time to verify my account of what had happened.

I first contacted info@mona.net.au about my mysterious moving glass on 5th January, i.e. the next day. Emma from MONA replied that January is peak season (handy to know) and that a response might take longer than usual. However, she would definitely pass my email on to appropriate teams for follow-up.

Also, I was aware that along with MONA having to check every post they receive before publishing it, MONA Communications Team needed to verify the incident via camera surveillance too, to make sure that my posts were of substance.

I didn't get a video of the glass moving across the Faro Tapas Bar table, but I realised that MONA did!
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You can find my first post dated 16th January 2018 to MONA owner David Walsh near the bottom of his “Journey” blog on the MONA blog site, along with  my follow-up post dated 25th January 2018. Or you can check out the copy below.

Friends and family have discussed a couple of theories as to why my glass glided across the table, but we’ve concluded that these aren’t solid enough to close the case!

So, if you have any theories to offer, please LET ME KNOW in the COMMENT BOX below the post!

Also, remember to cast your vote in the MONA Moving Glass WHAT THE..?! Poll a bit further down. I’d love to know how you rate this WHAT THE..?!: WOW, WACKY, WORRYING or WHATEVA!

Danae sitting at the Faro Tapas Bar table which her glass travelled across unaided.
Sitting at the table that my glass glided across…by itself!


I’ll let my email and blog correspondence (below) with MONA do the talking and paint the picture for you (pardon the art pun).



My post to David Walsh’s “Journey” blog

– 16th January 2018 –


In David Walsh’s “Journey” post he writes that Pharos – the new section of the museum that Faro Tapas Bar belongs to – is a “distraction and a daydream”.

In response I wrote this post on David’s blog:

Hi David.

On 4th Jan. ’18, between 4.05pm and 4.40pm, Pharos did prove to be a distraction, a daydream, but on the contrary a bit MIND-BENDING for my husband and me in a way that you might not be aware of.

I emailed Mona on 5th Jan. at 3.22pm about the following unusual incident that we had experienced the day before in Faro Tapas Bar.

We were sitting at a table by the bar. My full glass of sparkling wine began moving by itself! It travelled slowly from left to right in front of me along a grey stretch of marble and stopped at a side plate.

When I returned my glass to its original position it began moving again.Designed by Rawpixel.comImage created by Rawpixel.com – Freepik.com 


I alerted my husband. (And moved the side plate out of the way.)

We watched the glass travel steadily for about 45cm. I picked it up 10cm from the edge of the table in case it kept going and fell off!

As I was returning the glass (again) to its original position I said “video it” to my husband, but when I placed the glass down, it didn’t move!

I asked the waitress whether this occurrence had been a MONA “trick”. She replied no and wiped the bottom of the glass and the table with her hand. Then the waitress confirmed that neither were wet.

The eerie occurrence puzzled the three of us…

The moving glass in Faro Tapas Bar puzzled the three of us!
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My husband was adamant that the resin sealer on the marble surface had somehow facilitated the movement of the glass. Subsequently, our construction tradie relatives advised us that this explanation is implausible, even if the table tilted slightly.

Also, in my email to MONA on 5th Jan., I suggested that the camera surveillance footage be checked and that we would welcome any explanations. Emma replied that she would pass on our unusual observation to the appropriate teams for follow-up and to bear in mind that a response might take a little time because it’s peak season.

I’m looking forward to any feedback that MONA might have. As today is the twelfth day since the occurrence, I’m hoping that the surveillance video won’t be wiped before MONA has had a chance to check it out.

Thanks, David. Just wanted to let you know. We really enjoyed our visit!


My follow-up post to the “Journey” blog

– 25th January 2018 –


Just following up on my blog response to “Journey” dated 16th January ’18 about my glass of sparkling wine that moved 45cm by itself in the Faro Tapas Bar between 4.05 and 4.40pm Thursday 4th Jan. ’18.

Although it’s been three weeks since the occurrence and we haven’t received any reply from MONA (and my blog response hasn’t been posted), we’re still hoping that the team is looking into the incident via camera surveillance footage and will get back to us. It’d be really great to get any kind of feedback/reply.

Worried Mona won't get back to me about my moving glass at Faro Tapas Bar
Will MONA get back to me with confirmation of my moving glass of sparkling?  It was my first glass, in case you’re wondering…


BTW – After I responded on 16th, I noticed that the Journey blog contains an image of Faro Tapas Bar called Unseen Seen. (Ironic.) We were sitting at the table at the forefront of the photo when the unusual incident occurred.

Thanks for your time.


Email received from info@mona.net.au

– 1st February 2018 –

I received this email from Emma of MONA regarding MONA Communication Team’s confirmation of the moving glass after watching the camera surveillance footage!

Email from Mona Museum confirming that my glass had moved by itself in Faro Tapas Bar

WHAT THE..?! I can’t believe that MONA won’t release the footage! Why don’t they pixelate the patrons’ faces!!! ?


Unreconciled theories as to why the glass

travelled 45 cm by itself across the table

at Faro Tapas Bar


In conclusion, our construction industry folk unanimously agreed against Jim’s theory that the resin on the flat marble table had enabled the glass to move.

Also, the MONA wait staff member had studied the glass, confirming that neither the bottom of the glass nor the table were wet.

Our friend, P, declared that the glass moved due to vibrations of, for example, a nearby bar machine or some installation. However if that’s the case, why didn’t the cutlery or plates on the table move or even rattle slightly? Could unsensed vibrations cause a full glass of sparkling wine to move slowly and steadily without a ripple 45 cm across a marble table?  

Naturally, my eyes were glued to that glass!

My eyes were glued to the glass that moved across our Faro Tapas Bar table
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The wine didn’t sway or ripple whatsoever!


Want to know more about MONA? Check out my in depth travel review on Museum of Old and New Art here.


Rebeccah, the psychic medium, picks up on my glass moving by itself at Faro Tapas Bar and tells me who is behind it!

On Sunday 7th January 2018, Jim and I decided to visit the Hobart Psychic Expo at Best Western Hotel for something different to do. I had wanted to visit a medium for fun in Daylesford a while ago, but we hadn’t gotten around to doing so.

Consequently, here we were at Best Western Hotel amongst spiritual healers, psychic mediums, crystals, spiritual knick-knacks, metaphysical charts, and an aura photo machine.

Trip Over with Danae - aura photo machine
Polaroid aura photo machine similar to the one I experienced at Hobart Psychic Expo


I asked Rebeccah, the medium, what she could tell me about a glass of sparkling wine. (I was wearing my poker face.)

Guess what she said! If you don’t want to guess, check out the post “WHAT THE..?! at Hobart Psychic Expo”.

Actually, more than one WHAT THE..?! happened there! And I’ll fill you in.

Looking forward to your Moving Glass WHAT THE..?! poll rating of Wow, Wacky, Worrying or Whateva!  (in this blog.)

Please post any plausible theories that can explain what currently remains unexplained!


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