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Fairies Tree

The creatures climbing this tree trunk are sure to delight anyone’s inner child. It looks as though they’ve spilled from the pages of a storybook and landed atop the rough, gnarled bark.

The whimsical tree trunk is the work of Ola Cohn, a sculptor and author of children’s books. From 1931 to 1934, she carved a whole menagerie of creatures into the stump of one of Fitzroy Garden’s original Red Gum trees to celebrate Victoria’s centenary. Her work on the tree inspired her book The Fairies Tree.


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