The sculpture springs in the snowy valleys

Sometimes regrowth and transplantation take surprising forms. Take the now thriving Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, launched in May this year in response to the Black Summer Fires of 2019-20 and funded by the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

Created by the same team that brings us Sculpture by the Sea to Cottesloe and Bondi each year, and in consultation with members of the Snowy Valleys community, the sculpture trail takes 100km of the Snowy Valleys Way, which stretches from Sydney and Canberra to Melbourne.

Camera iconHaruyuki Uchida, Red Pansy. Credit: Grant Hardwick

So, with a map and guide to the Sculpture Trail in hand, or via the app (see link below), you can visit historic towns like Adelong, Batlow and Tumbarumba, as well as the hamlet of Tooma. There are Tumbarumba Wineries and to combine food and wine Nest (Tumbarumba), Courabyra Wines, Nimbo Fork Lodge and Tumut River Brewery, to name a few.

There is also the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail for bikes, as well as mountain bike trails, hiking trails, bush walks, Batlow Cider Mills, fly fishing in the Tumut River and a road on the Snowy Mountains to Thredbo and Jindabyne.

It is however the extraordinary sculptures, made by artists from across Australia and the world, that ties it all together. There are significant sculptures by Haruyuki Uchida, Keizo Ushio and Takeshi Tanabe from Japan; Keld Moseholm from Denmark; Milan Kuzica of the Czech Republic; Jennifer Cochrane, Norton Flavel and Ron Gomboc from Western Australia; and from New South Wales Michael Le Grand, Philip Spelman, Harrie Fasher, Stephen King and Elyssa Sykes-Smith.

Sculpture by Keizo Ushio, Oushi Zokei.
Camera iconSculpture by Keizo Ushio, Oushi Zokei. Credit: Jean Riddell

The permanent collection will grow with additional sculptures to be added in late 2022 and the first half of 2023, including works by Sui Jian Guo, one of China’s most renowned sculptors, and Ukrainian artist Egor Zigura. The latter will donate the funds he received for his sculpture to support Ukrainian refugees.

David Handley, Founding CEO and Artistic Director of Sculpture by the Sea and the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, says:

“The Snowy Valleys are one of the most amazing places in Australia and yet they are relatively unknown. In collaboration with the people of the Snowy Valleys who worked hand in hand with us to create the sculpture trail, we invite people from all over Australia to visit; you will love it here and help the area recover from the fires.”

Play by Michael Le Grand, Schism.
Camera iconPlay by Michael Le Grand, Schism. Credit: Provided

factual record

Each of the seven locations on the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail has its own collection suitable for city or wineries and wineries with cellar doors:

  • The Adelong Creek Walk with a 1km sculpture trail along the creek that connects to the gold mill ruins at Adelong Falls (watch out for the resident platypus).
  • Pioneer Street in Batlow from the artist’s studio and gallery at b:Atelier to the Batlow Library, including boutique art projects.
  • Courabyra Wines, 805 Courabyra Road, Tumbarumba.
  • Johansen Wines, 90 Black Range Road, Tombarumba.
  • Tumbarumba Creekscape at Goldfields Park on Hammonds Lane and the Shop Art Project at 11 The Parade, Tumbarumba.
  • Obsession Wines, 110 Allawah Road, Maragle between Tumbarumba and Tooma.
  • Tooma in front of the historic Brigham House and the Tooma Inn.
  • Sculptures at the north entrances of Batlow and Tumbarumba.

Find out more, download a map and guide, or get the app, here: sculpturebythesea.com/snowyvalleys/overview

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