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Art in parks & gardens

Melbourne's parks and gardens offer a wonderful collection of historical and innovative art – enjoy some visual treats while taking in the greenery.

Fairies Tree by Ola Cohn


Fitzroy Gardens

Faires Tree by Ola 

Cohn

Completed in 1934, the 'Fairies Tree' is similar to a work in Kensington Gardens, London. Hand-carved into an ancient red gum tree, the work features myriad carvings of Australian and European fairies, dwarfs, gnomes, imps, goblins, elves and animals. Gifted to the city's children upon completion, the 'Fairies Tree' is a delight for all ages.

The Genie by Tom Bass

Queen Victoria Gardens
The Genie by Tom Bass

A wondrous play sculpture for children, 'The Genie' combines the characteristics of an Egyptian cat with a lion and entices the imagination in fantastical ways. Nestled in the Queen Victoria Gardens, children love exploring the sculpture and its fascinating textured surface. Photo by Louis Porter.

Miraggio by Pino Conte

Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Miraggio by Pino Conte

High on the slope of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl a young woman can be seen sitting quietly, perhaps listening to music from the concert stage below. 'Mirragio' was donated to the city and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl Trust by an anonymous Italian donor, with instructions that the figure be installed as if she were part of the audience.

Model Tudor Village by Edgar Wilson

Fitzroy Gardens
Model Tudor Village by Edgar Wilson
Where in Melbourne can you find the residences of literary giant William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway? In the Model Tudor Village, of course. Donated to the City of Melbourne in 1948 by then 77 year old artist Edgar Wilson, the Model Tudor Village has become a much loved fixture of the Fitzroy Gardens, providing a representation of a typical Kentish village during the English Tudor period.

The Pathfinder by John Edward Robinson

Queen Victoria Gardens
The Pathfinder by John Edward Robinson

Commonly known as 'the hammer thrower', this athletic sculpture has been a city favourite since its unveiling in 1974. A once popular past-time for some Melburnians – stealing the hammer – means that, today the hammer is removed overnight and replaced again every morning. Photo by Louis Porter.

Reed Vessel by Virginia King

Docklands Park
Reed Vessel by Virginia King
'Reed Vessel' is a filigreed and elevated form embracing themes of migration, the journey and survival, the river and the sea. Referencing Docklands' history and stories of the river and marine archaeology, the work emerges from the water, a visible manifestation of the rebirth of Docklands. On the sides of the cradle, you'll uncover etchings, metaphors about river and sea created by Australian poets and writers.

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