Welcome to Day #8 of Tree Squares (I’m not posting everyday!)
Sculptures and Trees
Reading Marsha’s post recently Barking up the Wrong Tree Day #5, made me remember these faces and sculptures from a few years ago.
Aren’t they amazing?
Where were these sculptures?
A few years ago, my sister and brother-in-law took me for a drive out to the Dandenong area, outside of Melbourne, to the William Ricketts Sanctuary on Mt Dandenong Tourist Road
Although these look like they are carved into the trees they are actually made of clay and attached to the trees.
William Ricketts was a controversial guy by the sounds of things but he was undoubtedly clever. His sanctuary is now a lovely peaceful place with winding paths through trees and rainforest gullies with sculptures dotted around the place.
Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, featuring extraordinary sculptures of people and animals half-hidden in the natural environment, just waiting to be discovered.
Interconnecting paths take you on a magical tour of cool temperate forest, lush fern gullies, and the 92 striking sculptures, perfect for quiet reflection and contemplation of the vision of artist William Ricketts.Source
Hidden away in a dense inlet along the winding Mt Dandenong Tourist Road is the internationally renowned William Ricketts Sanctuary. The sanctuary is not only one the Dandenong’s more iconic experiences, but one of the most inspiring and tranquil places on the mountain.
A quiet gentleman who had spent much time living with aboriginal communities in central Australia, William Ricketts created the sanctuary as a place for quiet reflection and replenishing the spirit. He believed that all Australians should adopt Aboriginal philosophies, respecting the spirituality of the mother earth and all things in the natural world. Some of his works throughout the grounds also depict his feelings on the takeover and devastation of white man into the natural environment.Information at William Ricketts Sanctuary
Becky’s square theme for July is Trees – here’s a link to her post today – it’s a monthly challenge where Becky posts a square photo every day and invites us all to join in, either daily or spasmodically as the whim takes us! I’m posting spasmodically. There’s no pressure to join in every day 🙂
Also linking up with Cee for her Photographing Public Art Challenge #4
I hope you enjoyed seeing these delightful tree sculptures. I’m happy to share them with you.
PS: A brief apology (#sorrynotsorry) to some readers who may get tired of my extra posts and my photos of trees – I’m enjoying myself and I hope you are entertained too.
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