Margaret River Sculpture Park features giant sculptures carved from recycled wood, stone and more, formed amidst a landscape of coastal heath that changes continually with the colours of each season.
The Sculpture Park is raw and simple, and is located off-the-beaten-track on the doorstep of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.
The Park is based on the Japanese aesthetic of "Wabi Sabi", which embraces the beauty of the natural form and the concepts of imperfection, incompleteness, modesty and simplicity.
About the Artist
The Sculpture Park is the creation of local master craftsman and chainsaw artist, Brendan Booth, who draws his inspiration from 25 years of life in the South West. Brendan is passionate about the region's landscapes and timbers, and is particularly drawn to using Western Australian hardwood, including jarrah and sheoak and incredible blackbutt burl. Brendan takes his natural canvas from logs with splits, pieces from farm wind rows, and reclaimed timber.
About the Location
The property is located among magestic coastal heath in one of the most exposed sections of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge. Visitors to the site will observe how the fauna that occurs naturally has a way of adapting to the changing elements it is exposed to. The property is battered by high winds and rain in winter, and dust storms and searing heat in the hotter months. In spring, there is a multitude of wildflowers and birds.
Exploring the Sculptures
As you move through the Park, you will discover that there aren't formal pathways, but that it is a space which rewards the inquisitive, with something incredible to discover when you look around a certain tree or wander down a certain path. A number of the 30 sculpture pieces will remind you of the quirky characters of your childhood, including Homer Simpson, Zoot from the Muppets, a giant dhufish.
A treasure hunt has been fashioned among the sculptures, which has been created as a way for the kids to enjoy the natural raw space with their parents and interact with the art. The hidden shipwrecked ‘treasure’ can even be located on Google Earth before you arrive.
Cash entry fees are collected through an 'honesty box' at the entrance to the site.
Sunrise and sunset tours available with talk/tour by sculpture/craftsman Brendan Booth.
- $10 adult
- $5 pensioners & children under 12
- $25 for family of four.
- Under 4 are free
The site includes a building made from recycled jarrah from the iconic Fremantle wool stores. Inside, there are high finish sculptural furniture pieces, which are kept out of sunlight. There is a display of hardwood furniture and homewares, and visitors can order a custom dining table or recycled jarrah mirror for the home, or find that special wedding present for a close friend.
The property has been rezoned as a ‘Low Impact Tourism’ site, with part of the rezoning including a cleared area that is the Park, and blending it with natural bushland. In future, there are plans for the site to blend art, nature and relaxation with food and accommodation.