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One Aussies artistic vision to reality

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Tony Phantastes had a vision. In the middle of a small Australian town, he was going to create an artistic wonderland to document the history of Australian land-use practices and to commemorate his father’s life and death.

Phantastes began his sculpture called “Dreamers Gate”. in 1993 on a six-acre property he owned in the small town of Collector, Australia. The sculpture itself is 24 meters long and 7 meters high, a sort of over-sized, mythical-looking fence leading to a gate looking out onto the prairie land. Made from wire, concrete, piping and covered with a skin of plaster, chicken wire, and a final layer of cement, it looks like a blend of gothic castle, Middle Earth, and the spider web of a giant arachnid. Despite this, Phantastes says it is not meant to be morbid, but a celebration of life.

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