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Artist Lives as a Hermit and Creates a Sanctuary of Sacred Sculptures

Take a look at a lifetime’s worth of sculptures created by self-taught sculptor, William Ricketts.

Would you ever consider leaving your loved ones and the rest of society to live for your art? While very few of us has the dedication for this, there are artists who would willingly seclude themselves from society in order to focus on their craft. That’s the case with William Ricketts (1898 – 1993), who created a marvelous collection of sacred sculptures.

William Ricketts was an Australian self-taught potter and sculptor who had a personal relationship with the Aboriginal people of Australia. Despite being born in the comfortable suburbs of Richmond, Victoria, William made frequent trips to live with the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte people of central Australia. This opened his eyes to the lifestyle of the natives, and thus he discovered his spiritual calling.

In the 1930s William decided to move away from society to a secluded area of Mount Dandenong, Australia to channel what he had learned from the Aboriginal people into something creative and lasting. He was deeply inspired by the native way of life, and thus he dedicated the rest of his life to creating a memorial for them.

William’s primary aim was to create a memorial that would preserve the ancestral way of life of the aborigines, which can also be a declaration of peace and enlightenment. He says, “Spirituality is eternal and I want the people to regard this sanctuary just this way, timeless and eternal. All my work expresses reverence for life everlasting. I believe that we are indivisible, linked with all that life and we cannot be separated.”

William was able to create 92 memorial statues in an area now called the William Ricketts Sanctuary, all of which represent the lives of the Australian people who chose to deviate from modernization and thus maintain their harmonious existence with nature.

Below are some of his beautiful artworks, eternally preserved in wood and stone, a brief glimpse into the lives of the people who inspired his creative energy.

Guardians to the entrance.

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An elder carved onto stone.

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A young child carved onto light wood.

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Guarding the land.

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An elder and his followers carved onto stone.

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Nursing mothers.

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An elder’s face dramatically framed by moss.

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A strikingly detailed sculpture of an elder man.

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A family.

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A wise man flanked by two children.

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A child and his pet marsupial.

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An old man atop a rock.

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The William Ricketts sanctuary may be visited daily from 10am to 4:30pm. For more information, please visit the Victoria Parks website.

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Artist Creates Illustrations That Explore Ecstatic World of Couple’s Intimacy

These steamy illustrations will definitely get your fingers busy.

For starters, a good sex is something that offers fun, romance, and excitement, among others. While most will agree that every couple needs it, some people do not understand the importance of doing the deed. You see, it is not just about fulfilling your partner’s desire. Sexual intimacy plays an important role in ensuring a relationship’s success.

Interestingly, an artist by the name of Frida Castelli explored the ecstatic world of a couple’s intimacy. And although sex (in one way or another) remains to be a taboo in the society, it is about time that people start to accept its essence in every relationship.

From foreplay to different sexual positions, Frida beautifully created illustrations that will give you a deeper look at intimacy. We have compiled her works below, and let us know which ones are your favorites. Obviously, you are going to love one or two of them. Enjoy!

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Artist Spends Hours Creating Stunning Mandalas Using Natural Objects

These works of art soothe your eyes and soul.

When it comes to beauty, there is nothing that can top nature. It is just what it is. Apparently, though, an artist by the name of James Brunt is looking for ways to make nature’s beauty even more appealing. He is fond of creating artworks using natural objects he acquires around his turf in Yorkshire, England.

James’ creations are something that will please both your eyes and soul. From using dried twigs to rocks to even leaves, he is arranging materials into various forms of art. These include, but not limited to, circles, spirals, concentric shapes, and other detailed patterns. He regularly takes photographs of his works and uploads them on social media. This dude right here is definitely a man of art!

Scroll down below and be ready to get mesmerized. These are not something you have seen before. And, oh, do not forget to let us know which one interests you the most! Enjoy!

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Here’s What Countries Would Look Like If They Were People

In the global arena, every country has its image, but how would they look as people?

When it comes to the global arena, it is safe to say that each country has its own image to portray. It may paint a picture of culture, tradition, and people. In any case, they are meant to describe a country as a whole. But what if each of them actually looks like ordinary citizens of today?

This is exactly what a Russian artist by the name of Anastasia Bulgakova thought. In her project, she draws “personifications of different countries.” All of them are interestingly drawn in “militant and warrior-like,” covered in blood and dirt. Mind you, she does not aim any political persuasion here.

As she explains,

Simply because that’s what I always draw in any case, and the idea of warrior-countries gives a lot of creative freedom.

Anastasia adds that every character in her project has, in one way or another, stereotypical attributes. If for an American it might appear a bit naïve and idealistic, a Japanese dude will come with a suspicious smile. And, as she points outs, one can easily recognize her characters in the street.

Well, without further ado, here are character designs Anastasia made for each country in the world. Check them out and let us know which one is your favorite (aside from your own country, of course!).

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