A magical, spiritual place!!
journaling:After a second lunch, this time with Will, Amy and Zoe, we had just enough time to visit the sanctuary. We had visited many years ago when the girls were small. I remembered how striking the sculptures were but not their powerful message about caring for the earth and for each other. The family enjoyed exploring the sanctuary and were touched by the messages.
The story on the left:
In the 1930s William Rickets bought a four-acre bush block on Mount Dandenong and called it Potter's Sanctuary. In 1934 he started his major artistic work, creating the sculpture park now named William Ricketts Sanctuary.
In the early 1960s the Victorian Government bought the land and adjoining blocks. William Ricketts lived on at the Sanctuary into his nineties and continued to create his sculptures until his death in 1993. William was a naturalist who was concerned at the mass destruction of the environment and its habitats over many years.
Kiln-fired clay sculptures of Aboriginal figures are discreetly set among rocks, fern trees and Mountain Ash. These sculptures are an expression of Rickett's philosophy. His Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity.
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