Das Leben mit den Australischen Ureinwohnern
In the 1930s, William Ricketts bought the four-acre bush block on Mount Dandenong and called it Potter's Sanctuary. Word spread about the extraordinary sculptures that began to adorn the property. In time, the Victorian Government heard about his work and, in the early 1960s, the land and adjoining blocks were bought for the people. William Ricketts lived on at the Sanctuary into his nineties and continued to create his sculptures until his death in 1993. It is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the 92 mystical kiln-fired clay sculptures of people and animals that are discreetly set among rocks, fern trees and Mountain Ash. These sculptures are an expression of Rickett's philosophy - that all people need to act as custodians of the natural environment in the same way as Aborigines, the inspiration for much of his work. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. Many travel across the world to visit this place time and time again and stroll through the gardens or enjoy the audio-visual display featuring William Ricketts where visitors can see for themselves the vision and passion that live in his art.