documentary films on the creative arts

Geoffrey Ricardo : Spirits of Time and Place

Spirits of Time and Place
Peter M Lamont
Moby & Peter M Lamont



Lower Kororoit Creek has been a focus for Toyota Australia for many years. Together with the Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek and Hobsons Bay City Council, Toyota has worked to highlight the natural beauty of this area. With the end of manufacturing at Altona, Toyota wanted to leave a lasting legacy that would benefit future visitors to this area.

On National Tree Day 2015, Toyota announced that it would fund construction of approximately 2km of a proposed 7.5km shared trail as well as site specific public art. Hobsons Bay City Council, the Victorian State Government and Melbourne Water have also contributed to this project.

Geoffrey Ricardo’s Spirits of Time and Place was selected from submissions received from artists around Australia. The work comprises eight sculptures, which explore the symbols and metaphors of the area. This section of the Kororoit Creek Trail – ‘Toyota Way’- is dedicated to the many Toyota employees who have worked at the Altona manufacturing plant.


Acclaimed Melbourne artist Geoffrey Ricardo studied printmaking as an undergraduate at Chisholm Institute of Technology in 1984 and a post graduate diploma in 1989, followed by a Masters of Fine Art in 1994 at Monash University.

While printmaking was his focus, it was in 1989 that he began his first small scale bronze sculptures as a way of exploring and playing with ideas generated from his two dimensional work. Since first exhibiting in 1990, sculpture has increasingly become a part of Ricardo’s work.

His work is held in collections both internationally and nationally. Over 30 years of many exhibitions by himself and with others, Geoffrey keeps hoping the next exhibition will be better than the previous ones.

Further information can be found at Geoffrey is represented by Australian Galleries in Melbourne and Sydney.

Funded by Toyota Australia and project managed by Hobsons Bay City Council, this public art commission is installed at Lower Kororoit Creek, Altona.