The Team

Toolangi Sculpture Trail is managed by a diverse group of

artists, environmentalists and arts administrators. 

Sharon Plummer

Instigator & Project Manager

I love wild places and all the species that come together to form Australia's diverse ecosystems. More than ever these wild places are under threat from natural forces such as bushfires and human action that is drastically altering the world's climate. Art is a powerful tool that can show the beauty and fragility of these natural systems whilst giving rise to a call to action to highlight and protect them. Each selected artist of TST16 has created artwork in and of the Mountain Ash Forest of Toolangi, shaping their own visions of this unique environment. There is a special kind of magic in this place that enriches the spirit and creates hope for the future. Please enjoy!

Savaad Felich

Site Coordinator

"I was the Site Coordinator for the original Sculpture Trail event in 1996 and am very pleased to be in this role again in 2016. The Forest Discovery Centre commissioned me to produce 3 sculptures for the Sculpture Trail from 1996 until 2003. I created 'The Family' from recycled Jarrah woolshed posts/beams and was inspired by Henry Moore's family series. The work refers to family unity and the connectedness and biodiversity in the forest. The pointing finger asks to consider the bigger picture. 'Work in Progress' created in 2003 once housed a wombat hole underneath the tree root and a bull-ant nest. The title refers to the process of change which happens to the large tree root once I had completed my part". 

Jeminah Alli Reidy

Producer / Director 'The First Taungurung Women'

Together with Toolangi Primary School and in collaboration with Aunty Lee Healey (Taungurung Elder), ‘Wild Puppets’ a diverse group of eclectic artists have had the pleasure of bringing alive a Taungurung Dreamtime story. Wild Puppet Artists are Ashlee Hughes, Alicia Fernandez, Rebecca Page and myself. Each one of us is an experienced artist in our specialized field. This has given the children from Toolangi the opportunity to work directly with practicing artists in making processional puppets, costumes and developing creative movement in producing a theatrical retelling in the great outdoors.  The design aesthetic is contemporary yet includes elements of the natural world.

Bernie Mace

Environmental Consultant & Educator

My connection with the tall forests of Toolangi goes right back to early childhood, when first impressions of the giant trees were etched into my consciousness. My deep interest in natural history has led to a personal quest to better understand the significance of the forest systems of the Central Highlands. I am dedicated to protecting this rare area of rich biodiversity located so closely to Melbourne and am deeply conscious of the need to keep these precious remaining forests, which provide fresh air, water and a place of peace for our ever growing population, before the opportunity is lost. With this background, enriched by the long-term influence of living in Toolangi’s tall forest environment, I take pleasure in sharing my knowledge with visitors of all ages who are keen to learn about the region and its natural values.

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Reggie Clark

Arts Administrator

My involvement with the Toolangi Sculpture Trail started over 20 years ago when I helped my father, Ernst Fries, with his concept of creating a sculpture trail in the Toolangi Forest. 20 years on and now living in the Yarra Valley, I fully appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of the Toolangi Forest and the remaining art in the trail. When Sharon approached me with the idea of celebrating the original event with a similar art and environmental event I jumped at the chance to become involved.  Come and join us!  

Avis Gardner

Artist & Schools Coordinator

"I am very pleased to be the lead artist and project facilitator for the weekday workshops with schools and groups.“I am emotionally driven by the belief that we are inexorably linked and totally responsible for our environment and that collaborative Art Projects promote “connectedness”. Through creative projects we can connect communities to the nature in their immediate environment, which increases their sense of belonging and their desire to protect it. I believe by combining learning projects with my passions they become integral with my practice and enhance it. My aim is to inspire and to my mind Art is vital for a healthy community, it is not just about being an artist it is about activating the imagination.”

Karena Goldfinch

TST16 Photographer

My passion lies in the juxtaposition of photography, art and nature. I came to photography relatively later in life after a career in complementary therapies. With a growing nagging feeling that there was something I hadn't yet done with my life, I embarked on further study achieving a Bachelor of Science (Scientific Photography) (Honours) RMIT. My work is always nature based and I hope that those who view it are encouraged to think a little more about this fragile place we call home and how we may protect it.

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