You can feel it as soon as you enter this amazing sculpture garden.
It folds over and around you like a soft protective feather doona.
Your spirit instinctively knows that this is a Spiritual Place.
A place where old souls meet young souls and hand in hand wander through the most beautiful fern forest.
92 ceramic sculptures of people and animals are scattered throughout the lush rainforest grounds covering 4 acres.
All hand crafted by the amazing and extremely talented Australian Sculptor and artist William Ricketts.
There is a natural spring located above the sanctuary and the water from this flows over some of the beautiful sculptures. According to William Ricketts, the water symbolizes
"The never Ending Flowing Essence of the Spirit"
The trees provide a natural medium for some of the works of art and due to bushfire damage some of these have been burnt. In most of the sculptures you will find hidden animals.
Please note that Admission to the Sanctuary is FREE
You can also access the Sanctuary from Burwood Hwy through Upper Ferntree Gully.
For a more informative route plan if you are driving then just go to the map above and click onto the blue icon. Follow the prompts from there.
Check out the Metlink Site for Timetable details.
William Ricketts was born in 1898 in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne. He lived a full and very colorful life until he passed away peacefully at the sanctuary in 1998.
His sculptures have been inspired by the years that he spent living and learning about the Indigenous Cultures of the Desert People of the Pitjantjara and Arrernte.
It is very obvious when you walk around just how connected William Ricketts was with these people.
The faces are most amazing and lifelike and his talent was natural and self-taught.
At the Sanctuary you will also find:
Many of his other works can be found at Pitchi Ritchi near Alice Springs.
There is also a sculpture in the Seawinds Gardens at Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsular.
For more information on the enchanting and mysterious William-Ricketts Sanctuary please feel free to visit Parks Victoria
The images above are just a sample of what you will find in this amazing Aboriginal Sculpture Garden in Mount Dandenong.
This is a place that is highly recommended by Family Getaways Melbourne as somewhere to take the whole family. Expect to spend at least a couple of hours exploring the Sanctuary.
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