Favourite Gardens Regularly Open to the Public : Sculpture Gardens

I love sculpture in the garden! There is something about sculpture, which lends itself to open spaces. Perhaps, it is the form and texture, especially when made of natural materials like wood and stone, that blends in so well with the natural landscape.

While they are perfect as focal points in the garden, directing the eye and enhancing corners, I also love visiting gardens which are totally devoted to sculptures – for example, the McClelland Sculpture Gallery, Victoria, and Fleurty’s Café, Tasmania, as well as sculpture shows like Lorne and Bermagui. This lovely bronze sculpture, ‘First Flight’ by Albert Bruce Joy (1842-1924), provides a focal point in the garden of Overbecks Museum in Salcombe, Devon.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (150)Sculptures can be made of a wide variety of materials from natural wood and stone to the traditional bronze, iron and other metals; brightly coloured plastics; and recycled machinery parts or just plain junk! They can be monochrome or brightly coloured; static or moving; enormous or tiny; and private or public. It is fascinating seeing what can be created, especially with recycled material,  and can provide much amusement, as well as appreciation.BlogSculpture20%Reszd2016-05-21 11.51.40BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0599BlogSculpture20%Reszd2016-05-21 11.49.29BlogSculpture20%Reszd2016-05-22 11.49.33BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0601In this post, I will be exploring a wide variety of ‘sculpture gardens’, from their use as focal decorative points of the garden, as well as functional use, to collective sculpture gardens, walks and shows; and from traditional forms to more contemporary modern applications. I will also feature a few sculptors as well. It is also worth revisiting some of my older posts, which have featured other sculpture gardens like Heide; Werribee and Carrick Hill. See: https://candeloblooms.com/2016/02/09/favourite-gardens-regularly-open-to-the-public-historic-homes-and-gardens/ .

Yengo , 8 Queens Avenue, Mt. Wilson, NSW

Open daily during Spring (October/November) and Autumn (April/May), otherwise weekends 10am-6pm or by appointment

$10 adults; $8 Seniors and $3 for children

I will start with Yengo in Mt. Wilson, a garden, which epitomizes the use of traditional bronze sculptures in the garden as focal points, as well as for just sheer beauty. The property was first bought by Jesse Gregson in 1877 and he spent the next 2 years building a stone house and developing an alpine  garden with the help of the Director of the Sydney Botanic Gardens, Charles Moore, and the government botanist, Joseph Henry Maiden. The house and garden have been restored by the owners, Peter and Ann Piggot, whom we met on our visit to Mt Wilson, back in 1998.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (149)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (147)It is a beautiful garden with some very old evergreen trees, planted in 1880, including several Himalayan Deodars; Western Red Cedars from America; a Sequoia; a Cedar of Lebanon and a Spanish Cork.  There are also some beautiful deciduous trees, including Dogwoods and over 60 varieties of Japanese Maples; tall old tree ferns; banks of rhododendrons and azaleas and drifts of bluebells in Spring; mature wisteria and clematis; a walled garden and many beautiful ponds and water features.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (148)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (144) The garden is enhanced by and showcases some very beautiful, traditional bronze sculptures, made by English-based sculptors Lloyd le Blanc (animals : eg gazelles; a brolga fountain and a lyrebird) and Judith Holmes Drewry (portraits and the female form).

BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (139)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (122) Many of the scupltures are for sale and range in price from $1700 to $50,000. They also have their own sculpture garden and gallery at: http://www.leblancfineart.com/judith-holmes-drewry/bronze-sculpture-of-figures-life-size/index.html.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (141)

Gourmet chef and hotelier, Raymond  Blanc, of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons , Great Milton, Oxfordshire, UK  (http://www.raymondblanc.com/restaurants-cookery-school/le-manoir-aux-quatsaisons/) also loves their work, which you can see at: http://www.leblancfineart.com/le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons.html.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (145)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (146) Unfortunately, Judith is no longer with us, but you can learn more about Lloyd on : http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/local/meet-the-artist-behind-melton-s-sculpture-project-1-4340914.

Peacocks wander round the garden- very beautiful and stately, though I know from experience, my parents having kept peacocks when I was a child, that they are probably not the best stewards for a garden!BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (140)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (143)

Yengo was also the first endangered species reserve in Australia, having provided sanctuary for the rare Parma Wallaby since 1969. These dear little animals were reintroduced to the mainland after their numbers were decimated by feral cats and foxes.See:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parma_wallaby   and   http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Macropus_parma/.

For a visual tour of the garden, please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DiL2YOt2w0.

Carl Merten and Joan Relke, Chinook , NSW

Another wonderful sculptor couple, who we were lucky enough to meet, are Carl Merten and Joan Relke (http://sculptors.net.au/). My friend, Liz, introduced us to Carl and Joan, when we were looking for an interesting work experience for our daughter Jen, when she was in Grade 10. They were so generous with both their knowledge and time and it was a wonderful experience for her. Carl and Joan lead busy lives working on commissions and exhibitions, as well as teaching workshops. Their major commissions are made of stainless steel, cast bronze, cast aluminium, and stone and grace many of Australia’s public parks and buildings, while their medium sized works in bronze, stone, stainless steel, and ceramics decorate the offices, homes, and gardens of corporate and private collectors.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (126)

Carl, who originally trained as a silversmith with his identical twin brother, Rex Steele Merten (http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/one-of-the-only-ways-to-tell-the-merten-twins-apar/2137968/), is famous for his  public monumental work, including figurative bronze sculptures of famous Australians or as he puts it : ‘dead white males’, like famous Australian explorers and the coal miners, who lost their lives in Cessnock. He also creates dancing figures and musical and natural forms. See: http://newengland.focusmag.com.au/carl-merten-local-artist/. BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (120)
Joan creates beautiful goddesses – most of her work is inspired by female imagery and mythological themes. She also explores zen concepts in the form of miniature zen gardens. I first saw her work at McGrath’s garden in Uralla- see photo above.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (125)

Carl and Joan have been partners for over 30 years, and while they each have their individual style, they have worked together on some projects like their sculptures in Uralla, NSW, based on the circumpolar constellations of the Southern Hemisphere : Carl’s Carina (photo above) and Joan’s Spirit of the Southern Cross (photo below).BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (124)

They were working on this project during Jen’s work experience. We thanked them for their kindness with a sculptural carrot cake, commemorating their work at Uralla!BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (118)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (121)William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mt Dandenong, VIC

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/william-ricketts-sanctuary-gardens-of-the-dandenongs  and  http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/315820/Park-note-William-Ricketts-Sanctuary.pdf

10am-4.30pm daily, except Christmas Day and Total Fire Ban days. Free.

William Ricketts Sanctuary is a very famous old sculpture garden, set in the beautiful Mountain Ash forests and ferny glades of Mt Dandenong, 1 hour east of Melbourne.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (131)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (130)William Ricketts (1898-1993) was also apprenticed to a jeweller, aged 14 years old, but he enjoyed modelling with clay. He settled in the area in 1934, initially renting the property, but then purchasing the freehold title in 1941. At that stage, the property was heavily deforested and William was keen to let the block regenerate naturally. He was a keen environmentalist and naturalist and was appalled by the mass destruction of the environment and natural habitats, as he believed that the natural environment is entrusted to all of us and that by nurturing the earth, we nurture life itself.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (132)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (133) He also had a deep love and respect for Australian aborigines, having spent many months between 1949 and 1960 living and learning from the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. Their tradition and culture inspired him to create a permanent sculpture gallery, devoted to the Australian Aborigine and all Australians.

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Originally called ‘Potter’s Sanctuary’, it was opened to the public in 1942. The collection includes 92 ceramic sculptures of people and animals. The kiln-fired clay was fired to 100 degrees Celsius and then set into the environment.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (123)

The Victorian Government bought the property from William Ricketts in 1961. Extra additions by the Forest Commission increased the property to its present 15 hectares. It was renamed ‘William Ricketts Sanctuary’ and officially opened in 1962. In 1981, it was classified by the National Trust as a site of local significance. It has significant cultural value, as the outdoor sculptures are components of an overall theme. They bear testimony to the vision and dedication of Ricketts’ campaign for understanding and respect for indigenous Australians and the environment.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (138)

Dromkeen, 1012 Gisborne-Kilmore Rd, Riddells Creek, VIC

http://www.dromkeen.com.au/  and http://www.slav.vic.edu.au/synergy/volume-10-number-1-2012/perspectives-local-/227-dromkeen-national-centre-for-picture-book-art

Thursday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Free.

Another garden, which contained sculptures based on a theme, was Dromkeen, the home of Children’s Literature, but unfortunately you can no longer see these sculptures in their original setting.BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 954BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 191Dromkeen Homestead was originally built in 1889 as the country estate of Victorian Supreme Court Judge, Arthur Chomley, and was named after his mother’s family home in Dromkeen, County Limerick, Ireland. In 1973, Joyce and Courtney Oldmeadow used the homestead as a private residence and educational bookshop with public displays of original artworks and manuscripts from Australian Children’s picture books. Over the years, it became known as the home of Australian Children’s Literature. It was purchased by Scholastic Australia in 1985 and they continued to maintain the Dromkeen Collection, until it was moved to the State Library in 2012. The collection contains 7500 original illustrations, including sketches, preliminary artwork, diagrams and mock-ups; a historic book collection; the Dromkeen archive and the 6 Bronze sculptures of Australian picture-book characters, which used to grace the gardens. See: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/about-dromkeen.BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 951BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 959

We were very lucky to be able to visit it twice during our sojourn in Victoria and I was very saddened to see For Sale signs outside the old home and equally elated, on doing research for this post, to discover that Dromkeen had reopened as a centre for children’s literature. Purchased by the Joiner family in 2013, it once again hosts school and tertiary programs; writing camps; holiday literary programs; and on 19th March 2016, the Dromkeen Literary Festival, a full day of talks and readings by children’s authors and illustrators; book signings and sales; and book-related activities in the garden, including storybook craft; book mural art; cartoons; puppetry; dragons and airbrush; and face painting. See: http://www.dromkeen.com.au/litfest/.BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 942BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 953There is a tearoom and café, as well as a separate function centre for conferences, business seminars, professional development, children’s birthday parties and even art classes. The garden is available for weddings and photography shoots.BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 940Then there are the sculptures made from less traditional materials or more contemporary in approach :

Daniel Jenkins, 10 Coolavin Rd, Metung, VIC

http://www.danieljenkins.com.au/  and  https://www.facebook.com/pages/daniel-jenkins-studios-metung/119793984731872

We also feel very fortunate to have visited Daniel Jenkins’ studio and gardens when we did in 2007, as they too are no longer open to the public, unless by private appointment. I love the whimsical nature of his works and his sense of fun!BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3474BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3485Daniel was born in Kansas, USA, in 1947 and came to Australia in 1981. Like William Ricketts and Carl Merten, he is also a jeweller and silversmith by trade. He studied extensively in Europe, including visiting Venice as part of the Palladio Foundation scholarship, where he learned the technique of repoussé, where metal is beaten from the inside to give shape and relief to the design.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3464BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3480

His Meme series and taller Wobe series are marquettes with androgenous bodies and fixed or moveable heads. They are made of hollow form copper, which has been repousséd and patinated, a technique which is safe for the birds and lasts a long time.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3462 He also makes figurative and interpretive work, ladder forms and urns and bottles.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3473

His Lulu birds and animal-like weather vanes are also great fun. BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3476BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3475

He also loves creating kinetic works, which turn in the wind.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3472BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3483BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3486BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3484His work can be seen high up in the air above the Bourke Street Mall in Swanston Street, Melbourne. Each of the weather vanes is in the shape of an animal, symbolizing the various aspects of the city : a horse (sport and culture) ; bird (the city’s parks and gardens) ; fish (the waterways of Melbourne); and pig (the city’s hopes and future : pigs can fly). It was commissioned by the City of Melbourne and unveiled in March 1993.  See: http://www.emelbourne.net.au/biogs/EM02126b.htm. He also had an exhibition at my favourite Cloudehille Gardens in 2011.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3592Kate Shone is another sculptor in the Gippsland area, who makes whimsical sculptures out of recycled junk. Unfortunately, we never managed a visit, as she was closed both times we passed through, but we will get there one day. See her work at: http://www.junkyarddoll.com.au/. We did however see her insects (photo above) at the open house at The Long Now, Nowa Nowa in 2007! See: http://creative.vic.gov.au/Arts_in_Victoria/Features/Feature_Stories/Nowa_Nowa_Open_for_Inspection.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3554BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3555BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3601There are also a number of outdoor sculpture in the park below the house along the river.

BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3552BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3551BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3547Possum Gully Fine Arts, 428 Possum Gully Rd. , Adelaide Lead, VIC

The signposted turn-off is 4km from Maryborough, en route to Avoca, via the Pyrenees Highway.

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 11am-5pm

http://www.possumgullyfinearts.com.au/ http://www.possumgullyfinearts.com.au/index.php/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/8-media  and  http://www.visitmaryborough.com.au/arts-culture-heritage/possum-gully-road-gallery.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 629BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 625While there are many galleries selling sculpture, I have included this delightful mud-brick gallery, because many of its sculptures are exhibited in the garden.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 612BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 619 BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 626There are also many interesting pieces for the garden from weather vanes to garden pots and natural  birdbaths.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 624BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 627BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 623BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 621I love this interesting sculpture, photographed below.

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Shades of Gray, Cnr Farnsworth and Brown Streets, Castlemaine, VIC

http://www.shadesofgray.net.au/    and  https://thecountryphiles.com/2013/12/06/interview-peter-chelly-gray-shades-of-gray/.BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 488BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 485BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 466BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 476BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 468Chelly and Peter Gray also use recycled metal to create unique artworks from candelabras and bowls to beds, mirrors, fire screens, sculptures and garden art. They were actually our neighbours when we lived briefly in Castlemaine and we used to love visiting their creative and whimsical garden. Set on a steep hill, it was so overgrown and blowsy and had an air of mystery about it. I also loved their huge Great Dane, Coco!BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 457BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 454BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 456BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 438BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 471BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 435BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 441BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 469BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 462BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 458They have displayed their work at Daylesford’s Convent Gallery, the Guggenheim in New York and in galleries and shops around Australia, as well as doing commissions for private homes, restaurants, vineyards, cafes and corporate spaces.BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 448BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 449BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 472

Their work, home and gallery have appeared in magazines including Vogue Living, Country Style, InsideOut and Marie Clare. See the May edition of Australia Country Style. Originally, both artists trained in ceramics, but they have been working with metal for the past 19 years, since a chance encounter with a roll of rusty wire! The two galleries house a selection of their work: egg cups, candelabras, grapevine leaf mirrors,  wall features, bowls, fire screens and chandeliers.BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 478BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 479BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 475 Other pieces, such as metal arbours, outdoor sculptures, tables and chairs, are scattered throughout the garden.BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 446BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 434BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 464BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 436They are open most long weekends; Easter; the Castlemaine State Festival (March-April, every 2nd year on odd years) ; the Melbourne Cup week, when they have their 2016 annual exhibition 30 October – 6 November (closed Wednesday 2 November) and most weekends in November and December 10am-4pm; or by appointment.BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 473BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 461BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 429

Tim Johnson, Artist and Basket Weaver, Isle of Wight, UK

http://www.timjohnsonartist.com/basketmaking/  and http://www.timjohnsonartist.com/blog/

Outdoor sculptures can also be made of natural found materials like grasses, canes and twigs, although they are not quite as durable. When he was younger and less famous, Tim was a visiting artist-in-residence for 2 months at our local art gallery, NERAM (New England Regional Art Museum) in Armidale in 2000.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (136) My children attended a number of art classes at the gallery, including Tim’s inspirational workshop on Sculpting with Natural Materials. I was so impressed with Chris’s huge hanging trout, Jenny’s frill-necked lizard and goanna and little Caroline’s chook! You can see Tim in action at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4PeUQ6Dx2w. BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (137)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (134)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (135)

Herring Island, Yarra River, Melbourne, VIC

http://www.herringisland.org/getto.htm ;  http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/herring-island and http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/315520/Heritage-story-Herring-Island-the-island-of-dreams.pdf.

Andy Goldsworthy is the master-extraordinaire of ephemeral artworks, often only existing in the beautiful photographs he takes to record their fleeting presence, but his ‘Cairn’ (composed of Castlemaine Slate for the Melbourne Festival 1997) and ‘Stone House’ (Dunkeld Sandstone) are two of his more permanent sculptures and can be viewed at Herring Island on the Yarra River. For more on Andy Goldsworthy, see : http://visualmelt.com/Andy-Goldsworthyhttp://www.morning-earth.org/ARTISTNATURALISTS/AN_Goldsworthy.html.  These You-Tube clips are also worth watching : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPDH8yCnlk0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QRfXRtE6tw.BlogSculpture50%ReszdIMG_0126

Originally, a pile of mullock heaps, created by silt dumped from Yarra River dredging and covered in Kikuya grass, Herring Island was levelled, a lawn established and further trees, shrubs and grasses planted to create the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park. The venue is often used during the Melbourne Festival with sculptures exhibited both in the art gallery and outside in the conservation area.BlogSculpture50%ReszdIMG_0104BlogSculpture50%ReszdIMG_0103 Other sculptures include: John Golling’s ‘Falling Fence’; Ellen Jose’s’ Tanderrum’ and Robert Bridgewater’s ‘Scaled Stem’. See: http://www.herringisland.org/arts.htm  and  http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/313803/Park-note-Herring-Island-Environmental-Sculpture-Park.pdf.BlogSculpture50%ReszdIMG_0117BlogSculpture50%ReszdIMG_0113McClelland Sculpture Gallery and Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive Langwarrin, VIC

http://www.mcclellandgallery.com/  and  http://www.mcclellandgallery.com/index.php?page=outdoor-sculpture-collection.

Open Tuesday-Sunday  10am-5pmBlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 075We used to love visiting this sculpture park on the Mornington Peninsula, close to Frankston and Elisabeth Murdoch’s garden at Cruden Farm. Exhibitions we attended included : Ron Mueck’s 3m high ‘Wild Man’ in 2008; Augustine Dall’Ava’s colourful dynamic sculpture in his exhibition: ‘Journey’ and a fascinating exhibition titled: ‘Nest: The Art of Birds’ in 2013, displaying the ingenuity, beauty and originality of over 70 bird nests from the collections of Museum Victoria and Gay Bilson. See: http://www.mcclellandgallery.com/index.php?page=past-exhibitions.

Established in 1971 on 16ha land, McClelland Sculpture Park is Australia’s leading sculpture park and showcases over 100 permanent outdoor sculptures from 1887 to the present day in a variety of settings from tea-tree forests to heathland; bracken paths; landscaped gardens and lakes.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 079BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 087 It has a long affinity with Centre 5 artists, who established themselves in Melbourne in 1959 to promote contemporary sculpture.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 097BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 096

There is also a biennial McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award for Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture. BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 099BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 089

Here are photos of some of the sculptures:

Peter Corlett : Tarax Play Sculpture 1969. The white circular forms are made of enamelled ferro-cement.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 091

John Kelly : Alien 2006. Rusted corten steel.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 093

Lisa Roet :  White Ape 2005. Fibreglass coating a corten steel base.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 095

Ken Unsworth :  Annulus 2007. Stone, stainless steel and galvanised steel.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 098

Philip Rice :  Ratyte  2005. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiT2nY2QmOM.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 077

Teisutis Zikaris : Untitled (GPO) 1964. BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 082

Barossa Scupture Park, Mengler’s Hill Lookout, Tanunda, SA

http://www.barossasculpturepark.com/BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_7380In South Australia, the Barossa Scupture Park contains the works of 9 sculptors from Japan, the United States, France and Australia, who attended the  Barossa International Sculpture Symposium for 6 weeks at this site in 1988. They created site-specific works in local marble and granite, depicting the Barossa environment. Here are photos of some of the work:

Discover : Mary Gerken, Iowa, USA


Dreaming : Cliff Axelsen, Australia


Shaman’s Passage : Susan Falkman, Wisconsin, USA


Contemplation : Christine Giraud, FranceBlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_7410 We were lucky enough to visit the Barossa Valley during the second Barossa International Sculpture Symposium, held in 2008 to commemorate the 20-year anniversary, and were able to watch the sculptors in action.BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_7381Persephone :  Kevin Free, Victoria, AustraliaBlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_7390BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_7386Here is a link to other sculpture parks in the world: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/sculptureparks/.

Fleurty’s Café and Farm Walks, 3866 Channel Highway, Birch’s Bay, TAS

http://www.fleurtys.com.au/   and   http://www.fleurtys.com.au/walks.html.

10am-4pm   Thursday – Sunday and Monday Public HolidaysBlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.35.11BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.35.47Located 50km and 50 minute drive south of Hobart and with spectacular views of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Fleurty’s Café is well worth visiting. It was named after Charles Fleurty, a convict sawyer, who worked in Birch’s Bay back in the late 1820s and is also commemorated in the local place names of Fleurty’s Point and Fleurty’s Creek, though the café is now called Pepperberries Garden Café.BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.34.46Unfortunately, we arrived smack bang on closing time, so we didn’t get to sample the superb seasonal menu, but we were able to explore the Sculpture Trail, which takes you past the distillery, now a cottage for the artist-in-residence, as well as a workshop venue;BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.40.57BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.37.59BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.36.57Past all the orchard trees and lovely cool climate vegetable beds of artichokes, rhubarb, garlic, raspberries and black currants, which are used in the menu of Pepperberries Garden Café, as well as delicious chutneys and preserves. They also sell tapas oils, vinegars and native bush spices, including lemon myrtle, wattle seed and bush tomato, as well as supplying Dutch Iris to the Tasmanian and mainland markets.BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.36.24BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.31.31BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.31.55Past the beds of Native Pepper, the berries and leaves harvested and packaged as Diemen Pepper and up past proteas and leucadendrons into the forest. There is 100ha of native bush, including a private forest reserve.BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.48.11BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.43.38BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.45.54The walk goes up the hill to the top, where unfortunately, we started to lose our Winter light! We thoroughly enjoyed finding all the sculptures, especially the swinging moon; the colourful mosaic pebbles and glass lights ; the exquisite mussel shell dishes and the variety of seating along the trail. Here is a sample:BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.45.32BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.50.08BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.52.14BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.00.31BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.04.28BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.09.54BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.12.12BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.12.40BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.17.12BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.27.11BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.27.47BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.29.09BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.28.18Tamworth Bicentennial Park, Kable Ave, Tamworth, NSW

We recently had a picnic lunch in this park en route to Armidale and were very impressed by the stone sculptures and etchings of Australian animals and events from Tamworth’s history, which lined the duck pond.BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0455 BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0441BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0445BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0440BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0447BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0442BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0451BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0454There is also the Tamworth Light Horse Memorial, a bronze cast statue of a Waler horse and an Australian Light Horse Trooper, which was created by nationally renowned artist Tanya Bartlett. This statue pays homage to the important roll of the ‘Waler’ horses’ during the Boer War in South Africa and in the Middle East during World War I and compliments the Man O War Gates. See: http://monumentaustralia.org.au/search/display/23369-the-memorial-to-the-australian-light-horse.BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0472BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0471BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0473Sculpture Shows

Sculpture shows are also a great venue for displaying artist’s work, which often ends up in private collections and art galleries. Sometimes, they are adjunct to larger garden shows like the  International Plant and Flower Show, Melbourne or Tesselaars Spring Festivals; but we have also visited specific sculpture shows at Lorne and Bermagui.

Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne Foreshore, Lorne, VIC


12 March -3 April 2016

One of Australia’s largest contemporary sculpture events, we attended in 2011 and 2014. See: http://lornesculpture.com/images/LSB%20catalogue/LS2011_CATALOGUE.pdf    and        http://lornesculpture.com/images/LSB%20catalogue/Lorne_Sculpture_Biennale_Catalogue_2014.pdf

Here are some photos:

Matthew Harding : Within : 2014.  Mirror stainless steel.

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Lisa Anderson : Tiga Tiga (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep) : 2014. Tents, recycled plastic, lights


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Deborah Sleeman : Forest : 2014. Pressed tin, copper, galvanized iron, cast glass, found objects, steel, screws and rivets.BlogSculpture25%Reszd2014-03-23 11.21.53

Geoffrey Ricardo : The End, The Beginning : 2014. Copper and stainless steel.BlogSculpture25%Reszd2014-03-23 12.39.33

Jeff Raglus : ‘Long Way to the Top’… Aka’Ska Tissue’ : 2011. Carved cypress wood sculpture, finished in oil paints.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 544 It includes a fantastic sculpture trail with around 35 major sculptures positioned along the coastline, a small sculpture collection (The Collectors’ Project) and a Sculpturscape, where sculptors create sculptural projects on site over two days. The photos below show some of the smaller scuptures in the shops:

Anton Hasell : HMS Beagle : 2011. Cast brass, cast bronze and oil paints.

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Ivana Perkins: Penguins on Ice : 2011. Bronze penguins on perspex box with seabird skulls.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 645 Sculpturscape, the only such event in Australia and possibly globally, comprises four artists/artist teams, a total of 16 artists on display over all four weekends of the exhibition, each creating a sculptural piece over two days. Here is another cute sculpture from 2014 :

Dean Putting : Little Fellow : 2014. Concrete.BlogSculpture25%Reszd2014-03-23 12.40.38

Here are some more photos of the sculptures.

Matthew Harding : Centripetal : 2011. Stainless steel.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 625BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 626

Candy Stephens:  Now and Then : 2011. Steel, wire, circuit boards, television, DVD, lights.

BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 629BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 632Anderson Hunt : Tweet- The Silence of Speak : 2011. Rolled and fabricated mild steel and apoxy coating.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 565Carmel Wallace : Red Sea Installation : 2011. Steel and mixed media, including recycled cray pot collars and cable ties.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 495Phillip Doggett Williams : No Climate for Change : 2011. Mixed media.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 695Ewen Coates : Multiverse : 2011. Fibreglass resin, steel and concrete.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 545

Mini Dennett : Home Sweet- Home Snug Containment of Belonging : 2011. Mixed media.

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Louise Paramor :  The Wild Card : 2014. Plastic and fibreglass.BlogSculpture25%Reszd2014-03-23 11.15.22

Many of the sculptures ended up gracing the grounds of Qdos Gallery in Lorne. See: http://www.qdosarts.com/ and http://www.qdosarts.com/sculpturepark.aspx?page=sculpturepark

Sculpture on the Edge, Bermagui, NSW


5th to 16th March 2016

A collection of large scale sculptures on Endeavour Point Headland, Dickinson Park, and Horseshoe Bay beach with a smaller sculptures displayed in the Bermagui Community Centre.BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.22.45BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.42.31BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.58.07BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.52.16 Here are some of the sculptures:

Jesse Graham : Penny Dragon and Vulcor       BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.40.04BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.38.41BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.39.12Jimmy Rix  :  Shy  BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.47.51 Richard Moffatt  :  Is There a Dog?BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.41.04

Braidwood Central School :  The Birds;  School of FishesBlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.43.57BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.44.06BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.44.19BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.44.12BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.46.45Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend :  A Burden… BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.45.28BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.45.36Tony Millard : This is where we are heading… BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.34.28

Michael Purdy : Ned… BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.31.47Ross Cameron : Tide Spiral. Steel and concrete. Winner 2015: Now at Short Point, Merimbula. See: http://www.sculpturebermagui.org.au/sculpture_on_the_edge_news.htm.BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.21.16

In the community hall:

John Gosch : Phoenix; 670 recycled spark plugsBlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 10.39.34BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 10.39.18Tracey Sarsfield : The Departed Horizon…BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 10.42.24Darren Mongta : King Brown. Carved out of a single branch.BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 10.47.49BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 10.47.57Analemmatic Sundials

Finally, sculptures are not only decorative, but can serve a functional purpose, as in sundials. I love all the different types : from traditional and armillary spheres (Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and the National Botanic Gardens, Canberra) to the analemmatic sundials we visited at Kingston, SA and Benalla, Vic.BlogSculpture20%Reszd2016-05-22 11.48.58BlogSculpture50%Reszdnov 2011 102BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-10-06 11.29.09BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-10-06 11.29.20 In an analemmatic sundial, a figure-of-eight is etched into the pavement, with the observer’s head forming a shadow on the ground, denoting the time.BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8041

Kingston SE Sundial, Corner of Princes Highway and Watson Street , Kingston, SA


I love this sundial, situated on a small island in Maria Creek, just next to Apex Park, which we stop at every time we are driving to Robe.BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8064BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8035BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8039BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8040BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8042BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8043 We especially the stone carvings, etchings and sculptures of marine life by Silvio Apponyi. They include a seal, a crab, fish, frogs, lizards, abalone, birds and local flora.BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_9899BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8033BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_9894BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8031

Benalla Analemmatic Sundial, Fawckner Drive, Benalla, VIC


Built in 2005 by the Rotary Club to commemorate 65 years of Rotary Club service to Benalla and 100 years of the Rotary organisation.BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9508BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9510 Lake Benalla is also enhanced by the Gaudi-esque Ceramic Mural nearby on Mair St, next to the Benalla Art Gallery, a community project started in 1983. See: http://melbournedaily.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/benalla-ceramic-mural.html. BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9497BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9496BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9489BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9488








5 thoughts on “Favourite Gardens Regularly Open to the Public : Sculpture Gardens

  1. I’m bowled away by the diversity of all you have shown here. Very glad you included William Ricketts too (one of my favourites). Some phenomenal work and skillsets by the artists!


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