Bruno Torfs’ unique sculpture garden at Marysville, in SE Australia, was destroyed in a bushfire last February. The fire was one of many that broke out or escalated on a day of record heat and wind and 200 people lost their lives.
The day has been remembered since as Black Saturday, and was Australia’s worst peace-time disaster.
It was only after seeing this pic
on Xineann’s page that I thought to look Bruno up again.
It turns out that 60 per cent of his sculptures either survived or were repairable — so he decided to stay on and rebuild (details here).
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The town of Marysville was one of the prettiest in Australia, built around a main street of old verandahed shops and tall trees and set in forested hills near ski slopes. Almost nothing was left standing after the fire and residents and planners are still weighing up what to do next.
Some families had been there for five generations and never lived anywhere else.
Obviously the fact that so much of Bruno’s artwork survived where metal melted to liquid elsewhere told him to stay, even though he was a relative newcomer (an immigrant from South America).