By - Arts Mansfield

High Country Huts

Eisner’s Lane Installation

This year, the Arts Council has been working with the artist designer, the Mansfield Shire and metal workers to

High Country Huts Mural

In 2008 a number of Mansfield artists worked with renowned ceramic artist Ann Ferguson to create individual ceramic plaques inspired by their experiences, connections and reflections on the historical significance of the high country huts in the district.

The artists spent time listening to mountain cattlemen telling their personal and family stories of the huts.  Some of the artists were in fact descendants of pioneering mountain cattlemen and drew inspiration for their artworks from their own memories and experiences.

The project took 10 weeks to complete and was coordinated by then president of Arts Council, Karen Pirie.   The plaques were installed on the east facing brick wall of the McKenzie building in High Street Mansfield with the kind permission of the current owners of the building, Des and Paul Nolan. The resulting mural is a testament to the lives of men grazing cattle in the High Country years ago and early sawmillers.

The plaques were unveiled on the opening night of the 2008 High Country Spring Arts Festival.


Artists working on the design of their individual murals under the guidance of renowned ceramic artist Ann Ferguson (second from left).

Unveiling the installed High Country Huts Murals on the opening night of the 2008 High Country Spring Arts Festival