Meander through our magical gardens and parklands to discover a world of giant wood sculpture carvings, elegant topiary, sound sculpture and wrought iron work.
Set in the beautiful surrounds of the Arthurs Seat Hinterland, our Sculpture Walk grew from a passion for ‘art in the garden’. Works from our Artist in Residence program have enchanted visitors and garden enthusiast alike with installations created by a series of gifted artists using many different mediums. Sculptures take the form of fantasy and life-like creatures made from wrought-iron and found objects, terracotta clay, relief hedge topiary, indigenous painted wood totems, stone & marble works.
Artists in Residence
After spending many years exhibiting both in Australia and abroad, Mike and his wife Janet have taken up positions at The Enchanted Maze as artists in residence as well as creative directors of garden design. While Janet advises and tends to the ever changing palette of garden blooms, Mike has turned his creative energy to topiary & sculpture.
Along the 75 hedge border at the entrance to the gardens you will see examples of Mike’s topiary work. He has created a themed hedge sculpture that has recently been lodged with the Guinness Book of Records as the longest relief sculpture in the world. More topiary creations, including a pod of leaping dolphins are subtly featured throughout the park.
Mike’s newest installation is an enormous natural sculpture made from tree branches sourced from within the gardens. Tree branches are woven into place forming bony legs, a cage of ribs & a gnarly set of teeth. Visitors were involved in naming the sculpture in a competition held in April 2011. Over 2000 names were suggested but the winning entry: ‘Enchantasaurus’ was decided as the best. A firm favorite with kids, the creature sits on the banks of The Enchanted Maze dam and has become an interactive experience with visitors now able to push a button and elicit an audio recording of the monsters load roar!
Tony was our first Artist in Residence. A young New Zealander carving in stone he is strongly influenced by the culture of the Pacific Island people and their art.
The public reaction to his “Easter Island” like heads” was so positive that it was decided to commit Arthurs Seat Maze to the arts and nurture local talent by providing paid commissions in an invigorating atmosphere and inspirational environment.
Ken had a long a fruitful term as Artist in Residence at the maze. His works are portrait carvings, primarily made from cypress logs that have been placed along paths throughout the Sculpture Park. Using chainsaws axes and chisels Ken has revealed the faces of many of the indigenous people who once roamed the area.
He has also carved likenesses of Leonardo Da Vinci adjacent to his Mona Lisa and recently moved on to carve native animals.
Ben is a local artist of Aboriginal descent. He first came to the Maze in 2000 exhibiting in an indigenous exhibition. He had an idea to paint ‘totems’ representing various “dreamings”.
There are now approximately 20 poles in place painted by this talented young artist who was the Mornington Peninsula Young citizen of the year 2000.
Bruno is a Belgian who lives at Marysville, two hours northeast of Melbourne where he has built “Bruno’s Ark”, a unique sculpture park in a natural rainforest environment.
His life size terracotta pieces are cherished artworks at the Maze due to their fine detail and life-size proportions.
Mick is a true life Aussie from the bush. He works as a full time farmer and shearing contractor.
On his visits to the various farms in Western Victoria Mick gathers up disused and other neglected farm equipment and gives them new life in his quirky sculptures of Aussie birds and animals.
A recent trip to Vietnam found the Savages in Danang where they purchased quiet a few marble pieces from local artisans. A formal garden was needed to set off the white marble works and what better choice than Marigolds could be made!!
Other sculptures have been sourced over the years from places as far a field as the Ivory Coast of West Africa and Colombia in South America.
A non-traditional Melbourne artist who works mainly in steel. The large mental sculptures by Andy were originally commissioned for Southgate on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne.
The five pieces on show at Arthurs Seat Maze were designed to have flaming heads. However due to the bush environment we have never been able to light them.