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Launceston, 7250
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Peter Adams

(b.1946–), Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Peter Adams has lived, worked and studied in North America, Europe and Australia. This experience on three continents helps explain his ‘whole world’ philosophy. He ran a very successful furniture design studio for six years, placing several pieces in major museums and public institutions. He also taught design for seven years at the University of Tasmania’s Centre for the Arts. Peter has now chosen to concentrate on sculptural pieces using only hand tools. The sculptures continue to explore the same themes addressed by his earlier benches.

In 1991 Adams purchased Windgrove, a property overlooking Roaring Beach in Tasmania’s south. He has spent the ensuing years transforming the landscape through the planting of 8,800 trees and the creation of several large-scale Earth art features These include the Peace Garden built to commenorate the Port Arthur massacre, the Peace Walk and upcoming Gaia Walk. Both walks are spread over a distance of approximately 2km on the property and a series of Peter’s benches are stationed at designated rest and meditation areas. Re-vegetation of the site with native species is ongoing.

Studio location Roaring Beach, Nubeena, Tasmania

Education Bachelor of Arts (History), Harvard University, 1968 Major: History; Alaska Carpentry and Cabinet Making Center, Anchorage, 1971-1974;

Master of Arts, Antioch University, 1981

Represented Powerhouse Museum, Sydney;
Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth;
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts; St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri; North Carolina Department of Commerce, Noth Carolina; Findhorn Foundation, Scotland; Tjibaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia.