Welcome to the Art in the Streets Photo Challenge! Instructions on how to share your photos are at the end of this post. This week I will take you to the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne. The Gardens are home to a mini Tudor Village and Ola Cohen’s Fairy Tree.
Mini Tudor Village
The Mini Tudor Village complete with tiny landscaped trees, streets and houses is a gift to the City of Melbourne from London pensioner, Edgar Wilson. Mr. Wilson gifted his model village to the city to say thank-you for sending food to Britan during World War II.
Mr. Edgars attention to detail is impressive. The model village includes small details such as water pumps, barns and churches. If you look carefully you will find a scale model of Shakespeare’s home and Anne Hathaway’s cottage.
The Fairy Tree
Deep in the heart of Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens is the home of the fairies. You can see the fairies frozen in action. Their faces peering out of an ornately carved tree stump. The Fairy Tree sculpture was created by Ola Cohn in the 1930’s and donated it to the people of Melbourne.
The birds, animals and fairies carved in the tree represent charters featured in Cohn’s children’s books. The fairy creatures silently gaze from the stump. Their secrets safely hidden from curious minds. Their songs muted and conversations stopped. They come to life again whenever their stories are read. In summer, they leap from the trees to entertain the children on the lawns. Dancing, singing and laughter can be heard as the tales are told once more.
The fairies lend their magic to the gardens. Drawing people to the shaded lawns surrounding the tree. The Fairy Tree is a popular spot for picnics and children’s birthday celebrations.
Fairy Tale Fun
The Fairies carved in the Tree spring to life each summer. Hear Ola Cohn’s Fairy Tales retold near the tree.
Children, parents and grandparents gather around the lawns near the tree. The children dressed in their fairy costumes eagerly wait for the show to start.
The fairy songs are sung and conversations shared. Their dances are performed with grace.
The animated performance engages the audience. The children ‘ooh and ahh’ as the charters tell their tales. Villains are vanquished. Lessons are learnt. Laughter is heard. The happiness of a story shared is painted on everyone’s face.
The magic of the fairies carved in the tree lives on.
Finding the Fitzroy Gardens
The Fitzroy Gardens are on the outskirts of Melbourne’s CBD.
The area is well serviced by various tram routes.
Catch a tram or enjoy a walk from Parliament Station to the Fitzroy Gardens.
Follow the path from Captain Cooks Cottage to the centre of the gardens to find the Fairy Tree and the Mini Tudor Village.
Art in the streets
Share photos of artworks that catch your eye in the street.
The definition of art is broad! It could be anything from fountains, statues, sculptures to street art, light fittings, stained glass windows or artistic floral displays in public gardens. Anything big or small, old or new that catches your eye is good.
How to participate
Every Wednesday I will post a photo of an artwork in a public place with a brief description of what it is it is and how to find it.
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Can’t wait to see the beautiful things that you find.
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