“The Point”

The Point jutting out from Windgrove, Tasmania

“You can’t get there from here…” an old saying that fits this land feature. The Point is a sliver of a steep ridge jutting out into the Southern Ocean.  Walking it is like doing the edge of a razor blade.  It is public land, but it would be extremely difficult and hazardous to get to it without walking through Windgrove.  But no worries, Windgrove’s Gaia Walk takes you right there and even provides a bench for you to sit on.  Following are some photos of The Point.

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Seating for Dialogue

Berensohn/Lawrence Memorial Bench

Seating for Dialogue is one title that Peter Adams uses for describing a major aspect of his wood design practice – benches.  As you walk around Windgrove there is always a bench waiting for you around the next corner. If you have friends with you, all the better.  This post is simply updated photos of eight of his benches along the Gaia Walk. Continue reading Seating for Dialogue

Aviva Reed’s Illustrated Panels for the Gaia Walk

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Visual ecologist Aviva Reed was commissioned by Windgrove in 2012 to create 11 panels to illustrate the major periods and eras of life on earth for the newly created Gaia Walk.  Here is her website. Her newest book is Eon, The Story of the Fossils This post is simply photos of her 11 panels documented in situ after settling beautifully into the landscape.  Presented in chronological order as you would walk the trail.  The preceding post here gives a short intro to the Gaia Walk. Continue reading Aviva Reed’s Illustrated Panels for the Gaia Walk

Gaia Walk

Gaia Walk. Arched Stick Bench by Peter Adams and illustrated panel by Aviva Reed.

The Gaia Walk is the main core and thread to touring and understanding Windgrove. It is a 1.2 kilometer trail through most parts of Windgrove that is a scaled tour of the evolution of life on earth. Each step you take is 500,000 years. It starts 600 million years ago and ends up at “Today”.  This post is not an attempt to document the walk. As noted, these posts are a dump of photos taken during my residency and augment the existing extensive photos of Windgrove.   However, many of the themes I am trying to visualize hang off of the Gaia Walk.  We have to start with it.  If you want to understand more, check out the Windgrove website – search for “Gaia Walk” in the search box and peruse the posts in order.  Or you can just read the damn sign that starts off the walk…. Continue reading Gaia Walk

Circles and Trees, Addendum – J. Dewhurst

Jenny Dewhurst’s sea glass and beach stone sculpture at Windgrove. Sculpture 2001, Photo 2018.

Twice Windgrove hosted Australia’s national Sculpture By The Sea festival in its early years. Tens of thousands of people roamed Windgrove and looked at sculptures and views of the Southern Ocean.  For one festival in 2001 Jenny Dewhurst hauled in tons of gray stones smoothed by the action of breaking waves,  along with thousands of pieces of sea glass found on the beach. Continue reading Circles and Trees, Addendum – J. Dewhurst

Circles and Trees

Wombat Circle, 2017

For more than 20 years, Peter Adams has planted more than 9,000 trees at Windgrove’s 65 acres. Previously the land had been decimated by decades of unsustainable farming. Planting trees was one way to start the healing. The land becomes a canvas and the trees become the brush.  Peter – without drones, airplanes, surveying equipment, or google satellites – started making patterns. The circle became the shape of power. This post is a collection of aerial views of the circles and old photos of Peter planting trees.   Continue reading Circles and Trees

Workingman. Portraits of Peter Adams Working

Peter drawing circles for carving on his new Point Bench.

Continuing with current plan that for the next few months this blog will house a catalogue of photographs I took for Peter Adams and Windgrove during my 2 month residency, I post a few more based loosely on themes.  These photos are intended to be used by Windgrove for documentation and promotional purposes.  They are easy for people to see and link to.  Click on the photo to see a version that is designed for screen-based presentations.  Since many of the regular readers here know Peter, I will add in a few notes here and there. Enjoy.  Continue reading Workingman. Portraits of Peter Adams Working

Moonstone Mandala Temple in the Valley of Hope

Moonstone Mandala Temple in the Valley of Hope, Sally Horne, Windgrove Tasmania

There are a number of artists who have permanent installations at Windgrove.  Most are obvious and visible, but Sally Horne’s Moonstone Mandala Temple in the Valley of Hope is a secret.  You can never find it without a guide – and Windgrove is not that big! It is very tucked away in a hidden gully. In the detail shot you can see the 29 phases of the moon painted on rocks from the shores nearby. Click on a photo to see a higher res version.

Moonstone Mandala Temple, detail, Sally Horne

Budda Beads and Belly Buttons

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Belly Button, (nickname), Huon Pine, Peter Adams, 2017.

There are two large sculptures at Windgrove by Peter Adams that were too difficult to transport to Hobart for professional photographs.  Plus, the photographer’s studio couldn’t hold them.  So on rare evenings when it wasn’t windy, cloudy, cold, rainy, or crowded with guests, we photographed them in his front yard.  For you photo geeks out there, this is using a little Fuji mirrorless APC camera to mimic a 4×5 camera. The resulting image is 14K x 10K. At full res you can count the legs on the little lady bug up on the top left corner. Continue reading Budda Beads and Belly Buttons

Windgrove Peace Garden, Tasmania

Split Rock, Moonrise

I’ve decided to use this blog as a catalog for photos of Windgrove that Windgrove’s creator, Peter Adams, can peruse and choose from.  You, lucky or not, get to peruse them as well. These are photos I took during the 2 month residency there and augment the more than 3,000 photos that Peter has in his collection.  Slowly, over these cold weeks here on the east coast of the US, as winter refuses to die, I am culling and prepping images that he can use. In May,  Peter is one of three individuals selected to speak to his 50th graduating class at Harvard. Apparently he needs some photos to help him…  So here they come. No text, no explanation, just images. Organized by themes that he and I worked with over the last 2 years. Somehow the images feel better here than on Flickr.  Its quiet here and only a few people. Enjoy. (Click an image for higher res version). Continue reading Windgrove Peace Garden, Tasmania

Traveling With Peter – The Hazards of Freycinet

I took 2 weekends off from the Residency and saw more of Tasmania.  Traveling with Peter is always an adventure, but you get to see some pristine amazing spots very much off the beaten track. Just be prepared: 4 wheel drive, hand saws, lots of water, and road-side emergency care. Continue reading Traveling With Peter – The Hazards of Freycinet

Extreme Gardening: The Possum Wars.

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Ruth, a friend of Peter and a human rights lawyer, was staying at Windgrove for a week and joked with the phrase “Extreme Gardening.”  Living in Tasmania brings out the extreme in people or, more likely, it attracts people who take activities to the extreme:  Extreme Sports, Extreme Outdoors, Extreme Survivalists, Extreme Cooking, etc.  And so she added in Extreme Gardening.  Its true.  It is tough growing things here – especially organic. Continue reading Extreme Gardening: The Possum Wars.

Seating for Dialogue

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When Peter was working at Findhorn, Scotland (a spiritual community, learning centre and ecovillage) he started a series of benches entitled Seating for Dialogue. This work continued at Windgrove and many of them have been installed around his property.  Over the years he has had different “walks” that allow you to experience them.  I take this walk daily.  The first impression of the benches and the overall series title is that they encourage dialogue, storytelling and communication between two or more people. However, as I have experienced this last month, the benches also encourage internal conversations and dialogues with the natural world.    Many of the benches are 10-20 years old and though some have been installed in museums and homes, these here have weathered into the environment, are used daily, and are an integral part of the landscape. Following is a simple set of photos of some of the benches. Continue reading Seating for Dialogue

Devonshire Teas

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OK. You can all roll your eyes, slap your forehead, make the “L” sign at me, whatever, because for the last few months everyone has been saying “Oh, you’re going to Australia and New Zealand, make sure to have a Devonshire Tea.”  And so I am thinking something like Earl Grey…  Well, no longer.  I am finally a citizen of the world and now know that a Devonshire Tea has little to do with tea and has everything to do with scones, raspberry jam, and whipped cream. Peter knows his Devonshire Tea establishments, and so here we go… Continue reading Devonshire Teas

The Front Face of Windgrove

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Windgrove at Roaring Beach, Tasmania

In balance to an earlier post about the behind-the-scenes of Peter’s Windgrove, I’ll take a moment to show the front side of Peter’s 25 years of work here.


PaddockThis small photo to the right is the view of Roaring Beach from Peter’s. Above the cliff is a small bald spot, which Tassies call a “Paddock.”  This spot has been quietly calling my name to come visit and look back at all of Windgrove. I didn’t really want to lug equipment across sand dunes and bushwhack through bracken to get there (oh and did I say that there are leeches here! Yup!), but then Kathryn Gremley of Penland challenged me to get a certain type of photo of Windgrove and I guess she is in the small group of people that I can’t say no to… So off I went. Continue reading The Front Face of Windgrove

A Flat White Coffee Cubed

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One goal of this journey was to get a real authentic perfect Flat White Espresso in Australia or New Zealand, where they are credited to being created.  Check. Done. Over. This is it. This hand-made solar powered trailer on an overlook in Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania is it. It is called “Cubed” and of course Peter knows the owner Laurie and his partner Fabienne who run the whole operation. It even comes with a telescope.  Trigger Warning! If you read on, you will be traveling to Tasmania for a cup of coffee.  Continue reading A Flat White Coffee Cubed

The Bathtub and a Single Mirror

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Building Windgrove Peter has designed all the bathrooms, showers, and toilets to be outside and external to the house. It never freezes and this idea works well.  The bathtub is used more in the winter than now when it is hotter and summer. He says he puts candles all around the edge and a steaming bath is a remarkable experience. Mirror

It is also interesting to note that there is only one mirror in this whole complex.  In the outdoor shower.  I wasn’t fully conscience of this at first, but now I am aware that you are not seeing yourself or checking your personal appearance all the time. Maybe its an aging thing, but I like that.  Leave your personal appearance at the driveway.  It doesn’t matter here. Continue reading The Bathtub and a Single Mirror

Barely-a-House was just the Beginning

Portrait of Peter at Penland's "Barely-A-House" in 1983
Portrait of Peter at Penland’s “Barely-A-House” in 1983
Portrait of Peter at Windgrove in 2016
Portrait of Peter at Windgrove Tasmania in 2016

I met Peter at Penland School in North Carolina and took this portrait of him in 1983.  While at Penland he lived at “Barely-a-House on Hardly-a-Road”, but while there he did a major transformation on the house.  His backyard in 1983 with sauna, decks, fire-circles, dining tables and the natural world was just the beginning of the vision that he has been working on here at Roaring Beach in Tasmania for the last 2 decades. What a trip to take the same portrait 33 years later on the opposite side of the world. Click on the images to see a large version.

A Gregarious Recluse

A group of family and friends feasting in Peter's house.
A group of families and friends having a feast at Peter’s house.

The holidays and summertime have brought the usual influx of Peter’s friends, colleagues, and travelers to Windgrove.  Each of them brings their own group of friends and family along with bags of amazing food (everyone cooks here – not a restaurant in sight). This is in direct contrast to the majority of time when Peter is by himself.  Over the years since driving in the lone Peace Bus, Peter has built a huge complex to host and board friends and guests.  Many times there are conferences or workshops here and Peter opens his house to them.  Marissa, a graduate student from U of Tassie, was here last week and joked that Peter was a gregarious recluse.  Peter himself says that for 300 days of the year he is totally alone and the other 60 days is full of people, meals, tours, tennis, and conversations.  Continue reading A Gregarious Recluse

Living in the Peace Bus

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In the early 1990s Peter quit his tenured position at the University of Tasmania and bought 100 acres of bush (a Bush Lot) on the coast of southeastern Tasmania. He needed something to live in and through a series of random events came across this 1959 Bedford school bus that had been converted to travel.  The owners had written PEACE on it.  Peter bought it and kept it as is.  He drove it out to his new land and halfway down his freshly bull-dozed muddy 1 mile long driveway it got stuck. Continue reading Living in the Peace Bus

The Point at Windgrove.

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We walked out to the point at Peter’s Windgrove for Christmas morning and I took a 360 pano. Peter and Emily are dangling their feet off 100 foot cliffs (or I should be saying “30 meter cliffs”.) Click the image above or the link below to see it.  Definitely make it full screen, pan around, zoom in, enjoy the view.

http://www.360cities.net/image/the-point-at-windgrove#33.40,14.60,70.0