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]buller.com. au.