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William Ricketts Sanctuary

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by FIONA (subscribe)
I am a travel writer loving Australia.
Published June 28th 2013
Take a break from the winding roads

Set amongst the dense ferns and the towering Mountain Ash in the Dandenong Ranges is the peaceful sanctuary of sculpture artist William Ricketts. Dotted with clay sculptures inspired by his experiences with the traditions and culture of the Pitjantjatjara & Arrernte Aboriginal people in Central Australia the sanctuary is a peaceful and enlightening place.

The ninety-two kiln fired clay sculptures on display depict human forms merging with the natural surroundings. These forms are indicative of Ricketts philosophy's on life and how human beings are responsible for their surrounding environments.

William's Philosophy
William was a naturalist who was concerned at the
mass destruction of the environment and its
habitats over many years.
Rather than living cells creating individual life forms,
William's philosophy was that everything that exists
on earth is the making of one life, which everything
fits into.
Courtesy of Parks Victoria.

Entry is free.Viewing the works is an easy stroll. Spend 15 minutes there or an hour reflecting. There is also an audio visual display in the original log cabin.

There is plenty of parking across the road alongside a cafe, a souvenir shop, facilities, bus stop immediately out front and disabled access. Spend some time out at William Ricketts Sanctuary.

Photos published with permission of Parks Victoria.
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Why? Tranquil sanctuary
When: 10:00am to 4:30pm daily
Where: Mt Dandenong Tourist Road Mt Dandenong.
Cost: Free
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