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Published September 18th 2016
It's called The Wall, but not as you'd know it
I heard people talk about The Wall at Derwent Bridge in Tasmania, but nothing prepared me for the spectacular site that it is.
A wonderful sculptor by the name of Greg Duncan has "carved out an old and arduous story, in the middle of the Tasmanian Highland Wilderness".
The Gallery or "The Wall in the Wilderness" is just off the Lyell Highway, not far from the Lake St Clair Wilderness area. As his book, which features photos and the story of the wall he is creating, says the town of Derwent Bridge has "a population of about fifteen locals, and tens of thousands of currawongs, forest ravens, Tasmanian devils, wallabies, quolls, snakes, water birds, trout....."
This extraordinary place is about a two and a half hour drive from Hobart and about the same from Launceston on a good day. Driving into the car parking area does not prepare you for the wonders within the huge shed like structure that sits beneath the trees.
Cameras are not permitted inside, and I am thankful to the folk at The Wall for sending these to me. I could, of course, take the outside images.
Greg Duncan is an amazing sculptor, who started his craft in Victoria but moved to Tasmania some time ago and discovered Huon Pine. He has been working on the Wall for more than 8 years now, creating a 100 metre wall of the history of Tasmania. He is hoping to finish it by mid 2017. Even in it unfinished state (which is only a small part) it is breathtaking.
It is open 7 days a week, but check the website as it is closed on some public holidays, hours vary a little, and it is closed for a couple of weeks in August - no doubt for Greg to take a well-earned rest from his work!