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Mt Buller Sculpture Walk

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published July 13th 2014
All Year Family Activity
In the middle of the snow at Mt Buller, creative outdoor sculptures emerge. Each tells a story, inspired and providing inspiration to the viewer. Their simplicity and complexity is compelling.

At Mt Buller in the winter these sculptures are surrounded by snow. I imagine they look entirely different in the summer, spring and autumn.

The diverse sculpture collection at Mt Buller has grown over the years and continues to evolve with donations and acquisitions from a range of sources.

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'Emergence'


My favorite was 'Emergence' by Deborah Redwood (a finalist in many Australian sculpture shows). A seemingly eclectic arrangement of old skis represents floral growth in harsh mountainous conditions. I like the fact that each board is unique, chipped and recycled. This holds a great deal of history, years of pleasure and pain. It makes me think of the waste associated with the sport of skiing. On another level, the sculpture represents the earth constantly regenerating and providing diverse and beautiful botanic species. This sculpture is located on Mt Buller Tourist Rd opposite the village square. It's hard to miss.

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'Man and Lady'


Outside Chalet Hotel 'Man and Lady' stand, arms around each other and their hands covering their eyes as they look up the mountain. 'Man and Lady' by Michael Meszaros has been relocated from a previous city location and has exactly the effect that was originally intended. I wanted to look at what they were looking at. I imagine they are seeing something very important, something that must be seen by others. Their stance makes the viewer want to look closely at them too.

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'Mountain Cattleman'


Mountain Cattleman' is another creation of Michael Meszaros. He also has others in the park. This one cannot be missed as it is in the central space of the village. It is a bronze statue commissioned by Rino Grollo in 1996. It pays tribute to the cattlemen from the high country. It reminds me of the movie The Man from Snowy River and the hardships endured by the families of yesteryear.

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Cattleman Cafe

I wonder if the Cattleman café nearby was named after the statue. If you are looking for coffee and a very large slice of rich cake, this is the spot for you. It has a beaut view of the Blue Bullet ski run.

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'Spirit of the Mountain'


The 'Spirit of the Mountain' by Anton Costantino stands on a prized position on the main walkway next to the Blue Bullet run. This sculpture was awarded the best sculpture in 2007 at the Mt Buller Art Prize and Exhibition. The artist created the piece to represent his love of nature, simple living and the wonders of life.

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'Voyeur'


Louis Pratt created the 'Voyeur'. It is intended to represent the idea of seeing. It stands alone, at normal human height and on an angle to exaggerate this notion of looking out to the world. My kids were most interested in it. They thought too many skiers running into the back of it created the angle.

I have mentioned only a few of the impressive sculptures, there are many located throughout Mt Buller. No doubt others would have highlighted other sculptures as the most appealing. You might like to comment on your favorite. While you are out walking, have a look out for the gnomes hidden around the park.
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Why? Appreciate creativity
When: Every day of the year
Where: Mt Buller
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I like 'Emergence' best; it works very well with the snow.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12098) 1614 days ago
Very intresting great to see these sculpture and the amount of snow, it's a lot different here in the heat of Darwin.
by Grant (score: 2|293) 1598 days ago
How could I have missed them? Must have been on the same angle as 'Voyeur' on my skis :)
by jenna (score: 1|46) 1614 days ago
I hate the cold but your article makes me want to go !!!
by feeba (score: 2|104) 1612 days ago
Thanks for the tips, will try to be a bit more observant rather than consuming about staying upright in the snow :)
by Jeni Wilson (score: 3|1839) 1614 days ago
This looks like a really interesting walk. I feel a schmuck for missing them this year. Next year...
by H. Clare Callow (score: 2|109) 1533 days ago
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