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“Don't miss it.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Wall in the Wilderness

The Wall in the Wilderness
Lyell Highway, Derwent Bridge, Tasmania, Australia
(03) 62 891 134
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Owner description: One man's amazing tribute, carved entirely from Huon Pine timber, to the history of Tasmania.
United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Don't miss it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Ignore the negative small minded reviews. This is a remarkable piece of sculpture telling the story of how this wilderness country was settled. I have seen work by the celebrated Grinling Gibbons, but that is the finished article. Here you can see a work in progress and see the artist's technique. You will marvel at the detail and craftsmanship; in its own way it's up there with Michaelangelo's David.

Visited February 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“Amazing Craftmanship”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Even though I work in tourism, and I'm aware of most of Tassie's iconic attractions, I'd never heard of this place. My friends from Linda Valley Cafe recommended it as a "must see" on my way to Linda. I'm so glad they did and I'm so glad I stopped. It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip around the island. The Wall in the Wilderness tells a story of the region's history through incredible sculpture. Apart from The Wall there are some incredible one-off pieces. You just want to feel the wood - the pieces are so smooth and real. Apart from the incredible work, the artist is a true tassie legend - building this place from the ground up. I would highly recommend it.

Visited February 2013
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Melbourne
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“great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

just fantastic! Such a great thing to have in in the highlands and a real great outing for the family to go to and see the surrounds of tassie

Visited February 2013
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Launceston, Australia
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“Work in Process”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We had heard many reports of this great attraction but nothing prepared me for the reality. Here is a double sided wall of fragrant Huon Pine hand carved with the story of the area in amazing artistry but the thing that really took my attention is the fact that some panels are complete while others are yet to be started and still others are only partially done. I was moved to see both fine finished work and roughed out work in the same panel and the dynamic, evolving nature of the art in full view of the public. As well as the wall, numerous other amazing examples of this craftsman's work is displayed in this huge timber building. And the smell, the fragrance of Huon Pine, is alone worth the visit and all for $10!

Visited January 2013
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Adelaide
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“Extraordinary Storytelling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

The Wall is an extraordinary attraction by an amazing artist/sculptor, Greg Duncan. The artwork is completely self funded, hence the $10 entry fee. Some complain of paying to see an unfinished work, yet the fact it is unfinished gives you an amazing insight into the craftsmanship and patience that is going into this one of a kind storytelling of our past. You get to see this story evolving from basic drawings to the rough carvings and then the final detailed, life-like figures. His other woodcarvings in the building are mind blowing;..coats and gloves that look so real..metal that is actually wood. The building itself is a work of wood art. Outside looks like a tin shed, but once you enter it becomes something else.
Inside you feel the need to photograph everything, but cameras are banned, as taking pictures without capturing the lighting would devalue the detailing and feel of The Wall. There is a great book on sale that captures the colour and detail beautifully for $22. We bought one and felt it was great value. Our friends get to experience a small part of it. You can also relax and enjoy a fine wine next to the roaring fire in comfortable seats.
This is another attraction that we look forward to returning to in the future

Visited December 2012
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