Wall in the Wilderness Tasmania began its life on March 1, 2005. On that day, timber sculptor Greg Duncan started what he simply calls ‘The Wall,’ his most ambitious project and one of Australia’s grandest art projects of recent years. Choosing the beautiful wilderness area of Derwent Bridge in the Central Highlands, he started sculpting what would become a decade-and-a-half ongoing ‘work of heart’ and an awe-inspiring tourist destination.
Built of rare, scented Huon Pine the sculptured wall is 100 metres long and made up of 50 double-sided panels, each one metre wide by three metres high. Greg’s amazing work of art depicts the history, hardship, and dedication of the Central Highlands people and pays homage to those who settled and protected the area; from Indigenous people to pioneers, timber harvesters, pastoralists, miners, and hydroelectric workers along with local fauna and flora.
Treat yourself this Christmas with the awe-inspiring sights and tastes of Tasmania with 11 days discovering Port Arthur Penal Settlement, Tasman Arch, Derwent Valley, Eaglehawk Neck, Bruny Island and more. We celebrate Christmas in Hobart with a long sumptuous lunch and spend New Years Eve in Launceston. You’ll be tempted by heritage, culture, taste sensations and glorious natural scenery whilst also visiting Cradle Mountain, Strahan and Launceston.
See the icons of the Apple Isle on this in-depth tour of Tasmania. Fly into Hobart for 2-nights and explore the Port Arthur Historic Site. Enjoy an epic Gordon River Cruise travelling to Strahan and Queenstown. Enjoy a train journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway line before arriving into Tullah. Take in all the sights of Wine Glass Bay with an aerial view whilst exploring the Freycinet Peninsula before heading back to Hobart.
Wall in the Wilderness has been described as a world-class experience. There is certainly nothing that compares to it. What makes ‘The Wall’ so unique, is not just the scale of the work, it’s sculptor Greg Duncan’s acute attention to detail in each panel.
Some parts have an ‘unfinished’ look, while others feature such fine detail, they take on a surreal quality as the timber has been skilfully carved to appear as the finest fabric or the coarse hair of a horse’s tail. To describe each panel of Wall in the Wilderness would spoil the surprise for visitors who haven’t yet made the journey to experience this impressive art installation.
Wall in the Wilderness Tasmania might be Greg Duncan’s homage to the people of this area, yet it’s the people of the area and across Australia and the world who come daily to pay homage to this artist and his inspiring labour of love.
Greg Duncan was born in the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria and has always had a fascination with sculpting out of wood. Self-taught, in 1982 he took up sculpting as a full-time career. At first, Greg’s pieces were small he never dreamed he would work on a 100-metre-long Wall in the Wilderness.
He developed a style of realism in his timber pieces that became sought after by collectors around the world. In 1994 Greg and his family moved to Tasmania, settling south of Hobart where he ran a successful studio for nine years.
In 2003 Greg describes being ’captured’ to Derwent Bridge in Tasmania’s Central Highlands due to its intriguing history and natural beauty. He decided to pursue his dream of creating a large-scale work and along with his wife Marg constructed a purpose-built gallery. Greg says that although creating Wall in the Wilderness has been arduous at times, it’s also been an immensely satisfying journey.
The Wall in The Wilderness is situated just off the Lyell Highway at Derwent Bridge in Tasmania's Central Highlands.
The wall is 100 metres long and consists of 50 double-sided panels that are one metre wide by three metres high.
The Wall in the Wilderness has been a ten-year labour of love for wood carver Greg Duncan with each panel representing approximately one month’s work.
Wall in the Wilderness is 173 kilometres from Hobart and takes about two hours and 20 minutes to drive.
Visitors are asked to leave their cameras and cell phones behind and not photograph the wall. It is as much about protecting the integrity of the artist’s work as it is about experiencing it through the eyes and heart, not through a camera lens. There is a gift shop where visitors can purchase books that include images and information about the wall.
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