New totem pole height­ens lo­cal sculp­ture col­lec­tion


VISI­TORS to Mt Buller will not miss the latest in sculp­tures in­stalled on the climb up the moun­tain.

Known as the Mt Buller Totem Pole, the new and unique sculp­ture was de­signed and built by lo­cally renowned Mans­field artist Dick For­rest.

The totem pole is lo­cated in Chain Bay 3, mak­ing it a stun­ning fea­ture to view as visi­tors drive up to the re­sort.

Through­out his 67 years, Dick For­rest, a Bar­jarg farmer, has al­ways been in­volved in some form of art.

Be­ing able to see a fi­nal re­sult in pieces of twisted steel, or a pile of rocks, has led him on a jour­ney, re­sult­ing in his latest pro­duc­tion, the Mt Buller Totem Pole (the great thun­der god snow, totem pole).

His farm ‘Stumphill’ is not your typ­i­cal farm.

Along the track lead­ing into the farm one quickly recog­nises whim­si­cal cre­ations: Ned Kelly, a speed cam­era, a bright red dragon, bikes of many shapes and sizes to name a few.

Then there are rock struc­tures in dif­fer­ent pad­docks, some painted, oth­ers an Aus­tralian ver­sion of Stone­henge.

Some will be fa­mil­iar with Dick’s large blue bike sculp­ture, which has been lo­cated at the en­trance to Mans­field and at Mt Buller to ad­ver­tise bike events in the re­gion.

The totem pole has evolved through­out the past months to what it is to­day, a proud sculp­ture lo­cated at Chain Bay 3.

On in­stal­la­tion Dick said he would like to thank those ‘good men’ who have kindly gath­ered spent skis for his use.

Also to Mar­ion Ren­nie and Scott Maines for both their en­thu­si­asm and on­go­ing sup­port.

Mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for Mt Buller Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment, Gil­lian Dob­son, said the totem pole will bring a new vibe and energy to the re­sort.

“The Mt Buller Sculp­ture Park Walk is a won­der­ful ac­tiv­ity that visi­tors can en­joy all year round,” she said.

“It gives ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing the artis­tic en­thu­si­asts another rea­son to come and en­joy what the re­sort has to of­fer.”

Through­out the Mt Buller Vil­lage, stat­ues, sculp­tures and art­works can be found, which demon­strate the rich history and por­tray the artis­tic achieve­ments of lo­cal artists.

Over the years Mt Buller has ac­quired nu­mer­ous sculp­tures through a range of av­enues, in­clud­ing pieces com­mis­sioned by the Grollo fam­ily, do­na­tions from bene­fac­tors, ac­qui­si­tions through the for­mer Mt Buller Easter Art Show, as well as the re­sort’s latest artis­tic event, the Mt Buller Sculp­ture Award, which will see new pieces ac­quired ev­ery two years.

Launched in De­cem­ber 2013, the Sculp­ture Park Walk fea­tures 12 sculp­tures that have been in­stalled on a year-round ba­sis, in­clud­ing Louis Pratt’s ‘Voyeur’, win­ner of the inau­gu­ral Mt Buller Sculp­ture Park and Award in 2013, and ‘Emer­gence’ by Deb­o­rah Red­wood, a colour­ful and quirky dis­play of snow skis emerg­ing out of the soil.

The park also boasts three pieces by tal­ented Michael Meszaros who has lived as a full time sculp­tor for 30 years.

The newly in­stalled totem pole is just one of many ex­cep­tional pieces that make up the Mt Buller Sculp­ture Park Walk.

The artis­tic dis­play will re­main in place year-round giv­ing visi­tors the op­por­tu­nity to view the sculp­tures in var­ied alpine con­di­tions depend­ing on the sea­son.

Visi­tors can en­joy the Mt Buller Sculp­ture Park Walk and even fol­low a pod­cast via the Mt Buller Walks app.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to pick up a copy of the Mt Buller Sculp­ture Park Walk brochure, con­tact re­sort man­age­ment on 57776077 or [email protected]­ au.

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