Snowy Valley’s Sculpture Trail showcases world-class art | The Daily Advertiser

The Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail offers a new reason for a breathtaking driving vacation along the Snowy Valleys Way.

This new and significant series of sculpture collections, created in response to the 2019-2020 Black Summer Fires, has been installed along 100 kilometers of the stunning Snowy Valleys Way.

Sculptures appear in the historic towns of Adelong, Batlow, Tumbarumba, the hamlet of Tooma and the cellar doors of the Tumbarumba wine region at Courabyra Wines, Johansen Wines and Obsession Wines.

The path was inspired by Sculpture by the sea in Bondi and Cottesloe.

As Adelong is only an hour’s drive from Wagga Wagga, it’s the perfect excuse for a long lunch, overnight break or determined side trip for those heading into the snow-capped mountains or further south.

Other highlights along the way include the pop-up shop art projects in Batlow and Tumbarumba and a smaller collection of indoor ceramic work by Merran Esson known as ‘Tumba Tanks’ which is on public display at Artists on Parade in Tumbarumba .

“Born and raised on the family farm near Tumbarumba, Merran Esson has been at the forefront of Australian ceramics for many years,” Founding CEO and Artistic Director of Sculpture by the sea said David Handley.

“Merran has exhibited extensively, including many touring shows in the region, and is represented in important public and private collections.

“While she currently lives and works in Sydney, we are delighted that these three smaller works are freely available to locals and visitors alike in her hometown.”

Artworks on the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail include important sculptures by international and Australian artists, including those from the regional NSW, Western Australia, Japan, Denmark, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Slovakia and South Africa.

“It would take remarkably hard-hearted to spend a day or two following this trail through the snowy valleys and not feel the mood lift,” said Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald of the Exhibition.

Created by the team behind it Sculpture by the sea in Bondi and Cotteloe and destined to become a world-class sculpture collection, the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail is funded by the NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

The collection will be expanded with additional sculptures to be installed later in 2022 and the first half of 2023, growing to more than 35 sculptures.

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