Bruno Torfs Fantasy Sculpture Garden Tour

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Who is Bruno Torf? He’s an artist, born in South America and moved to Australia after traveling Europe up and down, wanting to bring his dream to life.

The Victorian village of Marysville (95 km from Melbourne) was the perfect place to develop Bruno’s wish to create a sculpture garden. He bought a property (including a generous piece of sub-alpine forest) and after five months of hard work, he opened to the public Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden.

Bruno Turfs Garden

Besides having a gallery with 200 artworks (paintings, sketches and small sculptures) from allover Europe, the garden had fifteen life sizes sculptures. That was then, this is now – over 115 pieces and constantly adding.

Bruno Turfs Garden Sculpture
Bruno Turfs Sculpture Garden

It seems that fantasy meet real life is becoming a serious trend in artistic circles. I wouldn’t mind having an over night metamorphosis and waking up to a dream world where people stop throwing things everywhere, where for every cut tree, five more would be planted instead, where instead of paying $100 000 for a handbag, donating the same amount for research purposes so maybe, one day, a less environment damaging fuel gets worldwide usage for our vehicles and so on and so on.

Sculpture From Bruno Turfs Garden
Bruno Turfs Art Garden
Bruno Turfs Fantasy Garden

But until that day, I’ll just dream about a better future and do my part of environment-consciousness (plus take some time to admire these fantastic artistic creations)…

Bruno Turfs Sculpture
Bruno Turfs Sculpture Garden Australia
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#1 Linda on 05.02.08 at 11:49 am

Wow…those statues are really neat!

#2 Arnoldo Valerio on 05.02.08 at 12:36 pm

THANK YOU, this is really great. I almost never visit down under but this is a good reason to do so.

#3 a dreamer on 05.02.08 at 10:24 pm

oh wow! its gandalf! haha
this looks so cool.
i should go check it out sometime since i actually live in melbourne.

#4 kpriss on 05.03.08 at 5:10 am

I’m so glad you like it! It’s indeed something very special you don’t come across every day, so a dreamer if you do go check it out, take some pictures of what you found interesting and maybe we’ll post a sequel.. How about it?

#5 Adriana on 05.03.08 at 5:37 am

Now I’m envious at ‘a dreamer’ who’s able to make a dream come true! Yes, go there and come back here to tell us what it is like to walk around there.
This garden makes me smile, even a kind of happy that there’s still awareness for the most precious thing we need and the people after us: Mother Earth…..

#6 Leslie on 05.20.08 at 5:31 pm

These are amazing statues and carvings. Truly a dream world that one could get lost in quite easily. It is so nice to realize that there are people who do make fairytale characters come to lfe.

#7 amir on 10.10.08 at 9:04 pm

Your site is very good and work is also wonderful.

#8 Antonia Salter on 10.15.08 at 11:47 am

Hello! I ‘ve trawled the entire web for inspiring outdoor sculptures, and yours are by far the most exciting yet. I’m a wannabe sculptor in Wales, UK- I only work with textile sculpture for theatre, etc at the moment and I’m looking for some advice on materials. What oh what oh what are yours made of please?!!! I’d love to know. Keep up the good work! It’s great! Thank you xx

#9 Lynda on 02.13.09 at 2:56 am

It is truly heartbreaking to know your incredible work has gone up in flames. We send our sympathy and prayers. We hope you will find a way to continue to share your talent and dream with others possibly by the sell of the art through calendars, prints, and video.

#10 RONNY BALLEGEER on 02.13.09 at 5:30 pm

Beste Bruno en familie,

Wij wensen jullie veel sterkte in het heropstarten van jullie huis en werk. Onze gedachten zijn bij de vele slachtoffers van dit onnodig geweld.

Een nieuwe start en nieuwe ideeén. Men is nooit te oud om te herstarten.

Veel succes toegewenst van Tania en Ronny uit Spanje.

#11 Walter Babiak on 02.19.09 at 3:08 pm

I am a musician who was overwhelmed by the works of Mr. Torfs; my mindimeediately conjured up vast sums of music; perhaps one day it will form itself into a work as sublime and inventive as are Torf’s works. Naturally, these displays have been carefully photographed, and, I hope, cinematically preserved. Out of the deep sorrow of the loss of these works, we all know that Torfs will do many more projects which stem from his fertile imagination, and his deep knowledge of the Earth, and our REAL world … the world of visions, which are the true reality.

#12 Adriana on 02.19.09 at 3:40 pm

Whaaat? Do I understand that all this beauty has been destroyed by the horrible fires recently in Australia?
Oh I’m deeply shocked….this was so amazing….I was yet so shocked by the fires and people losing all their belongings…..

Hallo Tania en Ronny,

Ach ja, dat zeggen we hier altijd he? Je bent nooit te oud om te leren maar dus ook niet om te herstarten? Ik zal het onthouden. Kennelijk kennen jullie Bruno en zijn op deze plek geweest? Goh……tja, ik ben sprakeloos eigenlijk….

Een groet uit Nederland.

#13 Colt Chaney (USA) on 02.22.09 at 11:54 am

I am so far unable to find an email address for Mr. Torfs, but would also like to express my deepest, and most heart felt sympathy for this terrible loss. It can be difficult for non-artistic people to understand that being an artist, and the works created, is not something that one does, it is what you are; and that said creations are a part of your very soul. It is indeed a heart rending loss.

#14 Kery on 02.23.09 at 12:15 pm

I knew about the fires in Australia, but I didn´t know about Mr. Torfs until a friend, some days ago, sent me a pps. with his work. I so much admired his artistic talent and philosophy that I wanted to know about his place of birth exactly, South America is so big…, and traying to find it out I came across with this horrible news about his loss.Not only himself but the entire world will suffer it. All my sympathy for him and his family and hope he can react and start again, I am sure he will do so.
Meanwhile I am still thinking about the place where he was born.
Thanks for let me share this
space with you

#15 Nancy on 03.01.09 at 1:56 am

The whole world is poorer for the loss of such a beautiful collection. what, oh what are we doing to our beautiful world. May you continue to find inspiration to carry on your beautiful work despite this loss.

#16 Sheri Kuchar on 03.03.09 at 11:24 am

To Bruno Torfs – Thank you for the mystical journey. How sad the contrast is for these to be destroyed by such an unnecessary act. Please create more beauty for our eyes to travel through again once more. My thoughts go out to the communities, families and wildlife who were affected by this devastation.

#17 Colleen Rein on 04.22.09 at 4:28 pm

I am so saddened by the loss of Bruno’s wonderful sculpture garden. When I lived in Australia I visited the garden more than once and had looked forward to revisiting it when I return to vacation in Australia. Thankfully, I bought one of his tapes on my last tour.

So very sorry to hear of this great loss.

#18 kristy on 07.05.09 at 5:46 pm

these are absoloutley beautiful sculptures i hope there are more these are a pleasure to look at <3 xx kristy

#19 David on 07.03.10 at 1:07 am

Sorry to say that I just heard that the gardens burned down in the Black Saturday fires on 7 Feb 2009.

A reminder to do things NOW so we don’t miss out!

#20 David on 07.03.10 at 1:24 am

BUT – I’ve just read this.
So it’s on its way back!

#21 Carmen on 11.27.10 at 6:57 am

Husband & I visited Bruno’s magical garden in Marysville a year before the fires. He was so kind and friendly to us and the work- AMAZING! Hope you are able to find the strength to re-create it anew. Heartfelt thoughts to you & family!

#22 yiela on 12.05.10 at 3:38 am

wow!!! what a nice sculpture:) fantastic!!

#23 caitlin on 07.24.11 at 5:45 pm

This artist is awesome! I am doing it for a school prjects and im choosing himn!
ILY Justin Bieber

#24 Carmen on 07.26.11 at 7:12 am

I had the pleasure & privelege of visiting Bruno’s garden & sculptures before the fires and have his book signed by him which I will always treasure. I know Bruno would have made every attempt to start again and continue his magnificent art work. Carmen from Caboolture.

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