Here’s a picture of an artist’s studio. Can you tell me where it is, what kind of material is being used, and the name of the artist?
Hi there Dazzlers – This is in Lyndhurst, (Strzelecki Track starts here) South Australia
– the artist carves locally mined talc stone, and the eccentric artist is known as Talc Alf –
His outdoor gallery defies description ! Ruth F.
G’day all.. I agree with Ruth F.. Talc Alf is certainly a character and produces great sculptures..
He also has designed an Australian Federation Flag.. I believe his name is Cornelius Alferink and is of Dutch origin.. Kev F.
Alf’s talc mine
I’m going to have to make these Picture Challenges harder!
Ruth and Kev are both correct. The picture shows the bench where Cornelius Alferink aka Talc Alf works on his sculptures in talc stone, at Lyndhurst in South Australia.
Contrary to popular belief, baby powder is actually not made from ground-up babies, but from ground-up talc stone. The Mt Freeling talc mine is located to the east of the Strzelecki Track (the turnoff is about 75 kms from Lyndhurst), and is the source of Talc Alf’s raw material.
Back in the days when the Ghan train came through Lyndhurst, Talc Alf was involved in loading the talc stone onto the train. In 1980 the railway line was relocated to the west, and Talc Alf was forced to start a new career as a sculptor and linguistic philosopher, with a part-time job driving a mail run to help balance the budget.
He welcomes visitors during daylight hours, and is only too happy to explain the origin of words, and also sell you one of his sculptures.
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