Friday 25 March: Dandenongs National Park :William Ricketts Sanctuary & Sassafras William Rickets Sanctuary This has been one of my many highlights from this trip. Mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns and paths. Aboriginal traditions and ecology inspired his sculptures. One of those artist. I wish I had heard about when I was doing my ceramic degree as he would have been such an inspiration. Shame the tour of this was a bit rush but at least I got to see it the main reason I decided on Melbourne as a last destination when I saw the sculpture on a fairy blog.
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. Within the sanctuary grounds, there are over 90 different sculptures depicting the aboriginal people engaging with the earth in a pure forest setting. Carved into rocks and tree trunks that dot the paths that flow throughout the property, the themes in his artwork reflect his philosophies of connections with human, nature and the earth.
all so beautiful
possums and kangaroos
loved the details
this was is old studio, he had massive kiln and his bedroom still there now mostly a little gallery
Sassafras was lovely a quaint little town known for its Devonshire tea but we mostly spent it inside the Smiths and Bits shop returning with a few things