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The Wall in the Wilderness

'Something special is taking place in the heart of Tasmania, and you are invited to witness its creation' - these are the words that greet you on The Wall in the Wilderness' official website, and by all accounts, the sense of excitement they communicate is well earned. An ambitious project, Australian sculptor Greg Duncan aims - by 2015 - to have completed a massive frieze, carved from gorgeous Huon Pine, depicting the best and worst of Tasmania's history, from pre-colonial times, to trailblazing European foresters, to the extinction of the Tasmanian tiger and the advent of hydro-electric power in the region. The sheer scale of the undertaking is mind-blowing - Duncan aims to use 50 panels, each one metre long and three metres high, carved front and back, giving a grand total of 300 square metres of realistic engravings. Duncan says he hopes that viewing the Wall will be 'an educational as well as an artistic experience' - an important reminder of both the 'successes and mistakes' that characterise Australia's history as a nation. The sculpture, once completed, is to sure to attain - in the words of Tasmania's Premier, Paul Lennon - 'world significance', so don't miss out on the opportunity to view it in its inchoate phase of development.

Information & Facts

Address

15352 Lyell Highway, one mile (about two kilometres) east of Derwent Bridge

Admission

Free admission

Language

English is the official language of Australia.

Money

The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.

Opening Times

Open daily, from 9am to 5pm (September to April), and 9am to 4pm (May to August)

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