We left Narbethong at the top of the Upper Yarra alpine mountain range and headed down into a valley below, destination was the township of Marysville.
Our aim was to visit the art and sculpture gardens of the noted artist Bruno Torfs. A little of the background of the artist as outlined in his book,Bruno was born 5th November 1955 in South America.
From his early recollections he likes to recall his favourite story being that his father found him in a basket floating in the famous Piranha river in South America.
Bruno displayed an awakening to the artistic world and developed his talents at an early age, he moved with his family to Europe at 15 where his talents flourished, he married a fellow artist and took on a bohemian lifestyle,he trekked by foot over the Himalayas, bicycled throughout India, and in general lived the artistic lifestyle that was flourishing throughout Europe at that time.
Bruno ,with his wife and children now, moved to Marysville where he began to build, what was to become Bruno;s Art and Sculpture garden, his gallery houses his beautiful art paintings whilst his garden is home to over 150 ornate,unusual terracotta sculptures, the garden is laid out over a vast area and beautifully blends with the ferns and trees that create a veritable fairyland.
The sculptures are a delight to all who visit, they encompass all areas of the imagination, whether for children or adults, he leaves his sculptures open for interpretation to the individual.
Sadly, in 2009, bushfires razed the town to ashes, Bruno;s gallery included, all his terracotta statues and paintings were destroyed.
The town is again coming to life and buildings are rising daily, and such is Bruno;s gallery and sculpture garden, he has painstakingly with love and determination recreated his dream, recreating his sculptures from the remnants of the fires.
Bruno is an artist in his own right and not only a national treasure but reveered on the international scene, a affable loveable guy with a great sense of imagination and humour.
I want to share these pictures with you off our recent sojourn up into the mountains to visit this wonderful, breathtaking world.
However I will explain two exhibits, the first is a painting of a female on canvas that hangs in his gallery, on inspection the painting is torn and appears to be unfinished or repaired, Bruno explains the story thus.
As the 2009 bushfire was burning his beloved studio and gardens to the ground, he grabbed the only piece of work he could save as the fire beat at his door,he grabbed his unfinished painting and jumped into his car and quickly headed out of town to safety, on the road he noticed a big black dog racing down the road escaping the bushfire that was following, Bruno stopped the car and gave the unfortunate escapee a lift, the dog ,getting comfortable in the arms of salvation, prominently put a large furry paw through the painting.
The painting, with tear, now hangs in the rebuilt studio, unfinished in one sense, but for Bruno is finished in a way that appears to be a legacy of time and nature.
The second picture I will explain is a sculpture in his garden of sculptures, it is not exactly a sulpture as such, but is actually the remnants of his beloved motorbike that did not survive the fiery flames, again a legacy of a horrendous time.
The remainder of the pics are of his vast array of rebuilt terracotta sculptures throughout his gardens, I leave them to your perusal and appreciation,you may care to zoom in and you will see the many unusual pieces that goes into the overall work.
I hope you enjoy your visit into the magical world of one of Australia;s greatest sculpturer and artist.
I leave you in the dreamworld and imaginations of Bruno Torfs.
Please bear in mind the pics are copyright of the photographer but more importantly the artist Bruno himself