As we were chugging along the road from Hobart to the west coast, we went past a place called Derwent River Bridge, and saw a sign for something called The Wall, which someone has mentioned to Lotty in the shower at the previous night’s camp site as being a place we simply should not miss visiting if we happened to go past it.
So, being obedient souls, we turned in and found a parking place in front of a long blank wooden building, with an entrance at one end.
So in we went, to be received by a very verbose and friendly guy who told us everything we could possibly wish to know about what was about to be revealed unto us inside this rather beautiful wooden building.
What it was is an enormous carved wall of pine wood panels about 2 meters tall and about 100 meters (in 2 sections of 50 meters each) long. The whole thing was carved in relief and more or less told the story of that part of Tasmania, with excursions into making points about the wildlife that still lived there, or had become extinct owing to the activities of the white colonists.
Whilst generally such totally realistic wood carving is absolutely not my thing, this has been done with such consummate skill that I was overcome with awe at the guy’s work. The pictures here will give you an idea of the quality of his work.
The artist who is still busy carving this monstrous art work, is still a relatively young man, about 38 years old, and has been doing this for the last 10 years at every free moment he has from his work.
Almost as impressive as his carving is the building that he has caused to be created to house his work. Totally made of wood, and finished with a totally unbelievable attention to detail it is one of the most beautiful and warm buildings I have ever seen.
So, should you ever find yourself in this part of Tassie, it is worth a visit and the $13 entry fee to see his work.
Here is a link to his website so you can find out more about this extraordinary work.