Oz – Hobart – 42° 50′ S.

The last leg of our trip takes us to our southern-most destination Hobart; the capital of Australia’s tiny southern island state Tasmania. I have been here a few times over the years and my visits always mark significant milestones in my life. I’m sure this visit will turn out to be similarly significant to me.

We’ve been hosted by the School of Art of the University of Tasmania at Hobart which has an amazing location in old industrial buildings (the old IXL jam factory) on the bustling downtown waterfront docks of Hobart.

I ran a design workshop for a week with a dozen motivated and inspiring students. We explored a range of methods for developing complex sculptural forms and created a whole lot of interesting prototypes derived, in part, from seed pods and flowers that we collected in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. My thanks to Richard Skinner, the furniture design program director, for all of his enthusiasm and planning to make this workshop a success.

The nature table for form inspirations

Discussing the forms we constructed

The highlight of our last fee days in Hobart was our visit with Peter Michael Adams at his extroardinary piece of paradise – Windgrove. I recommend that you spend hours reading his rich, engaging and provocative blog.

Peter had the insight to acquire some 100 acres of beachfront property about 2 hrs drive from Hobart and has spent the last 18 years re-foresting the land and creating an artist’s retreat and living sculpture garden. Peter’s own writing gives a clear perspective on his spiritual and ecologically inspired approach to land management and art practice. I will simply share some images and captions from our brief stay with him.

Roaring Beach

One of Peter's many outdoor sculptures within the sculpted landscape

The fire pit where Peter maintained a continuous fire for 6 years to promote world peace. While digging the fire pit Peter found blackened fire stones that were used sometime in the last 20,000 years by the Aboriginal people of the area.

Peter in his outdoor studio

One of many sculptural benches Peter has created for Windgrove

The huge circle clearing that Peter has created by his plantings and nurturing, as viewed from Roaring Beach

The circle from nearby

The bowed bench that crowns the circle and affords panoramic views of Roaring Beach and the Derwent River estuary

The 'drop stone' bench, inspired by the volcanic stones weathered from the sedimentary cliffs nearby

Detail of the 'drop stone' bench

Double spiral sculpture in Peter's house

New works on display in Peter's house

A new work inspired by the plight of the recent 'boat people' trying to land in Australia, which of course, is a country inhabited entirely by 'boat people' and their descendants

Watching the sunset with Peter and Jerry Michalski

'Alpha Romeo' highlit on the Derwent as she heads for line honors in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

A perfect way to end our 4 months of inspiring travels!!

But hopefully not my active blogging.

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