The Wall in the Wilderness
'Something special is taking place in the heart of Tasmania, and you are invited to witness its creation' - these are the words that greet you on The Wall in the Wilderness' official website, and by all accounts, the sense of excitement they communicate is well earned. An ambitious project, Australian sculptor Greg Duncan aims - by 2015 - to have completed a massive frieze, carved from gorgeous Huon Pine, depicting the best and worst of Tasmania's history, from pre-colonial times, to trailblazing European foresters, to the extinction of the Tasmanian tiger and the advent of hydro-electric power in the region. The sheer scale of the undertaking is mind-blowing - Duncan aims to use 50 panels, each one metre long and three metres high, carved front and back, giving a grand total of 300 square metres of realistic engravings. Duncan says he hopes that viewing the Wall will be 'an educational as well as an artistic experience' - an important reminder of both the 'successes and mistakes' that characterise Australia's history as a nation. The sculpture, once completed, is to sure to attain - in the words of Tasmania's Premier, Paul Lennon - 'world significance', so don't miss out on the opportunity to view it in its inchoate phase of development.
Address: 15352 Lyell Highway, one mile (about two kilometres) east of Derwent Bridge
Telephone: (03) 6289 1134
Opening times: Open daily, from 9am to 5pm (September to April), and 9am to 4pm (May to August)
Admission: Free admission