The 100km Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail opens in early May

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Together we are strong by Danish artist Keld Moseholm stands along the creek near the center of Tumbarumba. Photo: provided.

Four days of celebration will kick off the highly anticipated Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail in May, featuring over 20 sculptures in and around Adelong, Batlow, Tumbarumba, Tooma and Tumbarumba.

The significant artworks have been created by Australian and international artists, some of whom will be staying in the Snowy Valleys for the official opening to the public from May 5-8.

Funded by the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund and designed in consultation with Sculpture by the Sea, the Snowy Valleys Council, a local community advisory group and members of the wider Snowy Valleys community, the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail will span 100 km from Adelong to Tooma. .


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The trail will be opened at Courabyra Vineyard on Thursday May 5 by NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres, followed by a meet-the-artists lunch at Courabyra Vineyard on May 6 and community days at the weekend.

Community days will mark the public opening of the Trail, including artist-led sculpture workshops for the family, sculpture tours and special guest presentations.

They will take place on May 7 in Adelong, Batlow and Tumbarumba and on May 8 in Tooma, with free public celebrations organized by local communities.


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Free hop-on hop-off buses will run between Adelong, Batlow, Tumbarumba, Johansen Wines and Courabyra Wines throughout May 7, including Tumut pickup and drop-off.

Among the sculptures on the Sentier is The store of disturbances, an award-winning interactive performance created by artist Marina DeBris that launched at Batlow in January. Works by Marcus Tatton, Jennifer Cochrane and Dane Keld Moseholm were unveiled at Tumbarumba in late 2021.

Three Merran Esson pieces were also acquired for the Trail. The Tumbarumba-born Australian ceramic artist who later moved to Sydney has been making clay art for over 40 years. His works express the contrast between the extremes of the countryside and the city.

Sculpture of colorful egg-shaped structures

Autumn on the Monaro by Merran Esson won the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2019. Photo: Stella Downer fine art.

Sculpture by the Sea Founding CEO and Artistic Director David Handley thanked members of the Snowy Valleys communities for preparing local celebrations in their towns to welcome visitors.

“We look forward to hundreds of people in each city meeting the artists who created the sculptures for their cities and enjoying a wide range of free activities for the whole family,” he said.

Sculpture by the sea – one of Sydney’s most popular events – attracts some 500,000 visitors who view more than 100 sculptures by artists from around the world.

Held annually for three weeks every spring on the spectacular Bondi Coastal Walk in Tamarama since 1997, it is the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world and generates an almost unprecedented level of goodwill among the public.


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The popularity of the Bondi exhibit led to the creation of Sculpture by the sea, Cottesloe in Perth in March each year.

Held since 2005, the Cottesloe exhibition features over 70 sculptures and is enjoyed by 220,000 visitors, making the exhibition as much a part of Perth as the Bondi exhibition in Sydney.

The Snowy Mountains Trail is set to become a world-class sculpture collection, aimed at encouraging more tourists to visit the area and stay longer.

The Trail will continue to expand with new artwork added later in 2022 and the first half of 2023.

Its influence is already being felt in classrooms across the region with some 735 students from nine schools in the Snowy Valleys involved in artist-led sculpting workshops since December 2020 as part of the build-up to the event. opening.


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The local community advisory committee for the trail includes Angela Pearce from Adelong, Robyn Sweeney from Batlow, Laura Fraumeni from Tumbarumba and Jeff Sheather from Tooma with Glenn McGrath representing the Snowy Valleys Council.

The Committee has been working since mid-2021 to select the more than 20 sculptures that will be installed for the launch.

Many of these sculptures have previously been exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi or Cottesloe, but the route will also include new works by selected artists.

To book tours or workshops, sign up for community buses, or for more information, visit the Sculptures by the Sea website.

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