Welcome to Wildbrumby Distillery, Sculpture Garden and artistic residence.
The artisanal focus of Wildbrumby extends beyond schnapps and spirits as the property is the site and spark for paintings, sculpture and creativity.
Owners Brad and Monika Spalding actively foster and collaborate with artists and have hosted artist residencies here at Wildbrumby, and at the Knickerbocker and Arthaus in Thredbo. Many of the works in the sculpture garden are the fruits of these residencies.
As an artist himself, Brad Spalding (a.k.a. “Spalding”) has made art central to the spirit and workings of Wildbrumby. Splading is a painter and sculptor (as well as a distiller) and as you wander throughout the restaurant and sculpture garden you will see many works by him which engage with the alpine landscapes of the Snowy Mountains.
Contemplative themes on the natural world and environmental sustainability thread throughout the Wildbrumby collection, as many of the works prompt us to look more closely at the world around us and appreciate the beauty, strength and fragility of the landscape. Many of the sculptures repurpose natural or discarded materials and natural, ground mineral pigments.
A green sensibility is central to the Wildbrumby ethos, and the property is run using sustainable practices. Brad and Monika used recycled and local materials, including repurposed bridge timbers, to build the restaurant, distillery and house on the property, and solar panels keep the electrics running and the lights on. After returning to the Snowy Mountains from Monika’s homeland of Austria, Brad and Monika wanted to help the arts flourish in the Australian mountains by building a creative space. Wildbrumby is a place to relax, enjoy and inspire; a place of people, art and spirit. Not curated, just created.
So please, explore and enjoy! Roll down the hill after the Orbs, listen to the rattle of Yellow’s carbon fibre reeds, cuddle a Buisman rock and sit and contemplate with the Pink Lady. Visit the Child Friendly, Easy Access Sculptures with all the family and venture to the Out of Bounds, Beyond the Fence works. Go for a wander and enjoy!