A while ago I wrote about the Hills Sculpture Trail where you can travel to various locations in the hills and into the Fleurieu Peninsula region to discover world class sculptures. A map and brochure on where to find the sculptures can be picked up at tourist outlets, councils and libraries in the Adelaide Hills. To whet your appetite here are a few more to look for.
‘Cosmic Connections’ by Jhon Gogaberishvili (Georgia)
Jhon Gogaberishvili lives in Georgia is a mentor in Georgian sculpture and has won many prizes in international exhibitions. Some of his works can be found in museums in Europe and Asia. His vision for this sculpture was the universe after the big bang with planets and galactica moving and influencing each other. The sculpture can be found in Keith Stephenson Park, Mt. Barker.
‘Splash’ by Sakari Peltola (Finland)
This was one of the first sculptures seen around the hills when the trail began and it did cause quite a splash at the time. It’s in a very prominent roadside location, on the edge of a park as you enter the town of Littlehampton. The artist is another accomplished sculptor who specialises in stone, mainly granite. His description for this sculpture reads,
‘A tiny drop in time
One fast passing moment
Beginning of life
Frozen forever still
Splash of life
Splash of joy’
(And today it does give joy to traffic passing by).
Another sculpture I found in my travels is in the town of Macclesfield. It appears to be nameless and not part of the Hills Sculpture Trail but interesting nonetheless. This one can be found in the park named Davenport Square, as you enter the town. The inscription on the piece reads, ‘Dedicated to precious volunteers who make things happen’.
The town of Macclesfield is also the site of the next major sculpture event, Sculptors@Crystal Lake, which will take place from Saturday the 6th of April to Sunday 14th April 2019. This event will be a demonstration over nine days by 12 emerging sculptors under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed sculptor, Silvio Apponyi.
Over the nine days the talented artists will work on creating their sculptures from raw stone, turning them into more beautiful pieces of public art. Visitors are welcome to watch the sculptors as they work on their pieces during the event. Some of the finished sculptures will remain in the park at Crystal Lake and others will be available for sponsorship by businesses in the Adelaide Hills, adding more to the sculpture trail.
The event is open to the public to view from 10am to 4pm each day and families are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the park setting. More information on the event can be found on the official website: crystallakepark.com.au