Wollombi, in the state of NSW, Australia, is already a home to many artists, writers and performers, and it provides fertile ground for the staging of the annual Sculpture in the Vineyards event. Set in the picturesque Wollombi Valley, over 100 large-scale outdoor and site-specific works by local, regional and city-based artists are located in the 5 Wollombi vineyards. The 10th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition is the largest in Australia and features contemporary art in wonderful rural settings amidst the trees and vines of Millbrook Estate, Undercliff Winery, The Village Vineyard, Wollombi Wines and Stonehurst Cedar Creek winery. Unique local wines can also be sampled. The following sculptural art is from the current 2012 exhibition along with other sculptures that were displayed in previous years along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail.
Seed Form – Rae Bolotin 2012
” This work was inspired by tiny seeds I found on the edge of my studio in Wollemi National Park. “
Moon Flower – Ro Murray 2012
This sculpture is inspired by circular moon gates found in Chinese gardens.
Descending the Mountain – Linda Bowden 2012
Totem – Col Henry 2012
Symbiosis – Emilia Krumm
Harvest – Ro Murray 2012
These bundles represent sheaths of wheat, traditional symbols of plenty, prosperity and blessing.
Custodians – Nardka Williams 2012
Spun Out – Ella Szpindler, Pam Dunne
Akira Kamada :-
” through the traditional Shichi Fukujin Gods I pray for the people who suffered from the disasters of Japan, remembering the stars of the Northern Hemisphere that I looked at as a child. ” 2012
Curlique – Gary Boote 2009
Unearthed – Stevie Croquette 2012
Emerging from their past to reveal their happy disposition, these works are inspired by the mysterious giant carved monoliths of the Moai on Easter Island.
Rhythms of the Wind – Scott Imgrams 20012
Who are we ? ( In between-ness ) – Kazuko Chalker 2012
Shadow Dancing – Suzanne Davey 2012
Shadow Dancing examines the tensions between the economic importance of the coal industry to the Hunter Region and nostalgia for its natural beauty.
Walking in your footsteps – Jesse Graham 20012
Fanciful – Linda Castle 2012
Dandelion – Al Phemister
Flock – William Macquire 2011
Dancers in the Vineyards – Malcolm Fry 2009
Motherloade – Ben Denardi 2006
Millbrook Estate, Wollombi Valley
A contemporary sculpture leaning against an Australian gumtree provides a poignant contrast.
une Autre Reflection – Janik Bouchette 2007
Giri – Christine Shoji 2011
Manipura to Muladhara – Ross Fletcher 2006
Boxers – Paul Dimmer 2007
Boxers captures the movement and beauty of two large male kangaroos in ritual competition.
Jimmy Rix – Greater Grater
Like so many, the artist has worked as a chef to support his career as a sculptor. The work pays homage to the restaurant industry for providing these opportunities.
Wooden Holden parked at Wollombi Village Vineyard
Antipodium Venus – Paul Dimmer 2008
Inspired by the well known Paleolithic figurine, the Venus de Willendorf, discovered in the early 1900’s and carbon dated as 28,000 years old. Paul’s work combines the formalism of the reproductive rites symbolised by this icon with the casual pose of sensuality. Uniting the sacred with the profane, it is both ritualistic and playful, injecting a contemporary sensibility into an historical artifact and the associated cultural meanings surrounding fertility.
The Timeless Clocktower – 2012 Jiri Kirpac :-
On arrival to Australia in 1969, I spoke my first English sentence. which I learned on my journey over. I announced to the to the Immigration Officer , ” Time and Tide waits for no Man ” – I am still following this quote !
Framed – Sue Roberts
Pierre the French Bulldog – Geoff Harvey ( best known for his whimsical depictions of dogs ) 2012
Tenacity – Gary Boote 2009
Imdustrial – Dan Lovegrove 2009
This particular body of work is dealing with the figure and the idea that the incomplete figure can very much represent the whole.
Untitled – Miguel Olmo
Trio — Dora Rögnvaldsdóttir 2009
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