"The life so short, the crafts so long to learn."
~Geoffrey Chaucer

Terracotta Sculptures by Bruno Torfs

"Hidden amongst the lush rain forests North East of Melbourne, Victoria, is the rare jewel that is Bruno's art and sculpture garden. The original and unique artworks of sculptor and painter Bruno Torfs have brought joy and inspiration to thousands of visitors from all over the world. The garden began with just fifteen life size terracotta sculptures which eventually grew to over one hundred and fifteen pieces on display."

"Unfortunately on the 7th of February 2009 a bushfire raged through the township, decimating everything in its path without mercy and claimed the lives of friends and neighbours indiscriminately. Bruno was extremely lucky to survive and the rest of his family are safe and well."

"Bruno's home and art gallery were completely destroyed in the blaze, with Bruno only managing to save a handful of paintings." ~From his website with permission.

You can read about Bruno Torfs and his efforts to rebuild his home and art gallery at Bruno's Art & Sculpture Garden. Be sure to watch the slideshow on his home page to see what was once Bruno's amazing sculptures.

Bruno Torfs' story was originally brought to my attention by James Parker of James Parker's Art who is planning on doing a series of ten 5 x 7's of some of Bruno's sculptures to help with the rebuilding efforts. You can see one of them HERE. Thank you James!

Photographs copyrighted by Bruno Torfs, and posted with consent.

7 comment(s):

A Cuban In London said...

Commentary, 10 points out of 10. Pictures, an amazing 11 out of 10. Loved your post. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

James Parker said...

Great. Absolutely great.

Manon Doyle said...

I read Bruno's story on James's website but I thank you for sharing it again! What a shame that so much of his artwork was destroyed but luckily he survived and more beautiful work will rise from the ashes!

Dean H. said...

A magnificent choice for "Created By Hand"! Great sculptures by Bruno-gone. But I believe he will go on and create beauty.

Renee said...

I have seen his work on the net many times and have been absolutely stunned into reverent silence by his work.

Love Renee xoxo

Lilie said...

These look very nice and interesting. And thanks for the hamster picture. Its adorable. I like a it a lot! Thanks :)

hen said...


Such incredible craftmanship and beauty.