A labour of love for 85-year-old Mount Glorious resident
If you want to visit a place where nature and art come together, you don’t have to look too far.
More than 10,000 people have walked through the Phoenix Sculpture Garden since it opened in 1995 in Mount Glorious.
Resident Graham Radcliffe who hit a major milestone in April turning 85, is the mastermind behind the hidden gem that features 160 marble and bronze indoor and outdoor sculptures.
Councillor for Division 11 Darren Grimwade said Mr Radcliffe’s works were timeless.
“When it comes to art we are spoilt for choice here in Moreton Bay,” he said.
“Everywhere you look there’s an art gallery, or museum just waiting to be discovered and if you haven’t already added Phoenix Sculpture Garden to your list than you should.
“My favourite piece is the largest sculpture on site - the Phoenix Germania, which Mr Radcliffe created to commemorate the reunification of Germany.
“Spanning four-metres high, it’s the piece which gives the garden its name.”
While most his age are slowing down, the talented octogenarian has other plans.
The founding member of the Sculptors Queensland Society will head to Mount Coot-tha on May 24, to showcase his works, in an exhibition to celebrate the society’s 50th anniversary.
“We will be exhibiting four sculptures, two indoor and two outdoor called the Meditation, Hathor's Harmonics, Merkabah and Da Dove Vengo,” he says.
“My sculptures are an expression of love and the creation of beauty is in my blood.
“I am happy when the viewer is driven to touch and feel the work and leave feeling uplifted.”
Mr Radcliffe’s labour of love began 50 years ago and over that time, he has created over 200 sculptures of varied sizes.
The talented artist has left no stone unturned even scoring an exclusive invite to showcase his sculpture, The Winged Messenger of Love , at the Museo Dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta, Italy.
His sculptures can also be found around the world like USA, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Ireland.
The Phoenix Sculpture Garden, open on Sundays between 10am and 4pm at 59 Fahey Road, Mount Glorious, was also named one of the most outstanding sculpture gardens in Australia by London based Culture Trip.
For more information about the garden head to: https://grahamradcliffe.com/