Bushcraft comes to life at Sculpture Down the Lachlan

Published on: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

A growing new visitor attraction in west central NSW Sculpture Down the Lachlan will be complete with 25 larger-than-life – and very unique – installations by the end of 2022.

The world-class public art trail begins in Forbes and runs 100km along the Lachlan Valley Way to Condobolin. There are 21 sculptures to see now and four more will be completed in 2022.

New additions recently include “Wandering” by David Ball, “Sonata” by Suzie Bleach and Andrew Townsend, and “Gum Swamp Birds,” nearly four new bird skins at the Gum Swamp Wildlife Sanctuary. Highlights include renowned artist Stephen King’s 10.5m ‘Tower’, Forbes’ ‘Incredible’ original sign, 12m ‘Varanus’ steel goanna and ‘Heart of the Country’ by 6 meters.

The purpose of the trail is to generate tourism, diversify the rural economy and gain international recognition. After drought, mouse plague and Covid-19, this trail is a celebration of the hard work and creativity of the local community.

“There is a strong artistic edge in the country which bravely manifests itself in this artistic trail.” said Trudy Mallick, president of the Forbes Art Society.

“Visitors and locals will have a deeper sense of place as the sculptures reflect the culture, history and people of the area.” Trudy adds.

At the end of the Sculpture Down the Lachlan trail, travelers will find themselves at Condobolin’s iconic “Utes in the Paddock”. The unique collection of 17 Holden Utes is such an asset that the Lachlan Shire Council is building a new visitor information center on the site.

The trail also joins other great mid-west attractions including the Dish CSIRO Radio Telescope (Parkes), Grenfell Commodity Silos and Eugowra Murals.

The brainchild of Sculpture Down the Lachlan is local artist Rosie Johnston who was relentless in pursuing her vision of large-scale sculptures nestled among the golden dry grasses and majestic red river gums of the Lachlan Valley. Produced by Australia’s top designers, each sculpture on the trail was chosen through a competition or bidding process. The carvings are installed on Crown land in traveling cattle reserves.

The trail is free to anyone, anytime, and you can plan your self-guided adventure.

Do you like your art with food? Grazing Down the Lachlan returns to Forbes September 16-18, 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to Covid. Grazing is the Forbes Arts Society’s premier fundraising event.

Source:- Destination New South Wales

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