What do you do with a pile of old wharf timbers? If you’re a commissioner in the Australian city of Geelong on the Corio Bay, you enlist the help of a local artist to turn them into whimsical portrayals of dozens of unique characters that illustrate the history and culture of the city.
More than 100 of these playful figures now greet visitors along the two-mile Bollard Trail on the Geelong waterfront. Each was hand carved and painted by the well-known artist Jan Mitchell. (Keen observers will note the abundance of decorative bunnies festooning the bollards, as well as some of the sly and scandalous humor that Mitchell wove into her creations.)
|Deakin University Art Collection, Waurn Ponds Estate Collection en||9.1km||site_izi|
|Deakin University Sculpture Walk, Geelong Waterfront en||1.1km||site_izi|
|Highton and Fyansford – Significance and what it leaves out en||5.6km||site_izi|
|Geelong’s Wool Industry then & now; Its impact on Geelong’s built heritage en||0.9km||site_izi|
|State Government Offices||1.4km||site_brutalism|
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