The Kangaroo Valley sculpture and arts biennial

 

 

 

Orb-by-David-Ball--photo--J-Griffiths

‘Orb’ by David Ball

Photo – J Griffiths

Kangaroo Valley art festival May 2017

 

Since 2007, Arts in the Valley has attracted some of the finest musicians, artists and sculptors in Australia to Kangaroo Valley for concerts and festivals. Surrounded by sweeping views of the rugged escarpments, the location provides an impressive backdrop for the outdoor art works on display and is presented in a biennial format.
Kangaroo Valley is nestled between the neighboring regions of Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands in New South Wales and is an idyllic and picturesque location, approximately 2 hours drive from both Sydney and Canberra. Here is a collection of sculptures featured at the Kangaroo Valley Arts Biennial.

 

Arts in the valley website

 

 

Illusion-by-Vikki-Holik-Blazley-2017 kangaroo Valley -photo by Sue-Agar

‘Illusion’ by Vikki Holik Blazley

Kangaroo Valley art festival 2017

Photo by Sue Agar

 

 

Michael-Purdy----Weave sculpture Kangaroo Valley

Michael Purdy — ‘Weave’ sandstone sculpture Kangaroo Valley

 

 

 

‘The-Hard-Yards’ by Michael Purdy -- Hardwood-timber-and-mild-steel sculpture

‘The Hard Yards’ by Michael Purdy

Hardwood timber and mild steel sculpture

 

 

 

2015_-Elle-Szpindler-wire-sculpture Awakening

‘Awakening’ – Elle Szpindler wire sculpture

Kangaroo Valley, 2015

 

 

Al-Phemister’s-Dandelion-series-2015 - Kangaroo Valley sculpture

Al Phemister’s ‘Dandelion’ series

2015 – Kangaroo Valley sculpture

 

 

2015 - Elle-Szpindler-wire-figure sculpture

Elle Szpindler? wire sculpture

2015

 

Antonio Francisci bronze life size Girl with Golden Hair outdoor sculpture

Antonio Francisci bronze life size ‘Girl with Golden Hair’

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley

 

 

2015-The-Hillarys--Dora-Rognvaldsdottir chicken sculpture

‘The Hillarys’ — Dora Rognvaldsdottir

2015

 

 

Lizard outdoor sculpture by Areneria

‘Lizard’ outdoor sculpture  –  Areneria

 

 

The-Red-Ball-by-Paul-Dimmer-featured-in-the-2007-Sculpture-in-the-Valley

‘The Red Ball’ by Paul Dimmer

2007 – photo Gary Steer

 

 

Banksia-Women-by-Bronwyn-Berman-2013 outdoor hung sculpture

‘Banksia Women’ by Bronwyn Berman

2013

 

 

Meditation figure sculpture by Ole Nielson

Ole Nielsen is an Australian sculptor, born in Denmark, who resides in the Kangaroo Valley

 

 

John-Rafter----automobile sculpture The-Volvo---2015

John Rafter—-automobile sculpture ‘The Volvo’

2015

 

Arts-in-the-Valley---Greer-Taylor's-Crosswind

‘Crosswind’ – Greer Taylor

 

 

Arts-in-the-Valley-David-Hudson didgeridoo player

David Hudson didgeridoo

 

 

Sea creature sculpture

Arts In The Valley

 

 

Grand-Piano-by--Derek-Watt sculpture, Kangaroo Valley arts

‘Grand Piano’ by Derek Watt

 

 

Bronwyn-Berman--The-hive outdoor sculpture

Bronwyn Berman — ‘The Hive’

Dossier 48

 

Bronwyn-Bermann---Waterfall indoor sculpture

Bronwyn Bermann— ‘Waterfall’

 

 

 

Christopher-Hodges The Maid -- Kangaroo Valley sculpture

Christopher Hodges   ‘The Maid’

Dossier 48

 

Duet------Dora Rognvaldsdottir monumental steel sculpture

‘Duet’ — Dora Rognvaldsdottir

 

 

Metal elephant sculpture – Kangaroo Valley

 

 

Contemporary guitar player sculpture -- Galeria-Aniela-Sculpture-Park-NSW-Australia

Contemporary metal sculpture

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley

 

 

Feeding Kangaroo - photo by Adam Foster

Feeding Kangaroo – photo by Adam Foster

 

The kangaroo only moves forward, never backwards. The herbivorous Kangaroo was originally named the Kanguru by Captain Cook. They can move at speeds of 60km/hour and clear 25 feet in a leap up to heights of 10 feet. It moves instinctively and appears to be sure footed at high speeds and its totem symbolizes leaping into the unknown fearlessly. As a totem, the kangaroo teaches you how to balance the creative energies necessary to complete tasks, trust your instincts and gives you the strength, stamina and power needed.

Palawa kangaroo lore

One of the terms Tasmanian Aboriginal people used when referring to themselves was ‘Palawa’. This was the name of the ‘first man’, who was created from the kangaroo by a creation spirit. Palawa identity also has a supernatural origin, related to the powers of animals, plants, rivers, mountains, spirits and ancestors, which often merge into one another. Through kinship obligations, the kangaroo bound Aboriginal people to the land and gave them a mythical identity as descendants of a creation spirit. . Its ecological requirements motivated traditional fire-based land management practices, whereby Aborigines maintained the country so it was favourable to the kangaroo. The kangaroo featured in  tribal songs and dances and as the totems of individuals.*

 

 

Contemporary sculpture musicians Galeria-Aniela-Sculpture-Park

Contemporary sculpture musicians

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley

 

 

Growth-by-Thomas-Westre - Kangaroo Valley sculpture festival

‘Growth’ by Thomas Westre

 

 

Harp-quintet orchestra-Kangaroo-Valley

Harp quintet concert – Kangaroo Valley Art Festival

 

 

 

High-Flyer-by-Amanda-Harrison mother holding child sculpture

‘High Flyer’ by Amanda Harrison

 

 

 

Ulan Murray tree sculpture –  ‘Ultima stans’

 

 

‘Illusion’ by Vikki Holik Blazley

2017

 

Bird sculpture - photo J Griffiths

White bird sculpture – photo J Griffiths

 

 

David

Contemporary sculpture – David Bell

Photo – Sue Williamson

 

Three white birds sculpture Meeting-by-Yamuna-Bruce---2015

‘Meeting’ by Yamuna Bruce

2015

 

 

 

Metalicus-floribunda-Jen-Mallison black metal abstract sculpture

‘Metalicus floribunda’ – Jen Mallison

 

 

Miranda-Lean------La-Printemps-2015 nude female sculpture

Miranda Lean — La Printemps

2015

 

 

 Elle-Szpindler wire sculpture

Elle Szpindler wire sculpture

photo Julijana Griffiths

 

 

Naked-Neptune copper sculpture-by-Andrew-Saunders

‘Naked Neptune’ by Andrew Saunders

Dossier 48

 

 

Nero-on-Edge-by-Malcolm-Utley black abstract sculpture

‘Nero on Edge’ by Malcolm Utley

 

 

Ole-Nielsen-meditation figure

Ole Nielsen meditation figure sculpture

Photo Sue Williamson

 

Paia+kangaroo+valley-Senden-Blackwood

‘Paia’ – Senden Blackwood

 Kangaroo Valley

 

Torso-2-sculpture by-Paul-Dimmer at Kangaroo Valley

‘Torso 2’  by Paul Dimmer

 

 

Patricia-Lawrence’s-Conversation-2015 contemporary sculpture

Patricia Lawrence’s – ‘Conversation’

2015

 

 

Paul-Dimmer’s-Dreamcatcher----Dossier48

Paul Dimmer’s- ‘Dreamcatcher’

 

 

Phlyssa-Koshland--Skipping-Girl contemporary outdoor sculpture

Phlyssa Koshland — ‘Skipping Girl’

 

 

Sandstone Possum-sculpture - Arenaria

Possum sculpture – Arenaria

 

 

 

Adam-Foster - Brush-Tailed-Possum - A possum carrying her young in a tree

Brush Tailed Possum – Adam Foster

Kangaroo Valley

 

 

Rabbit-catcher-sculpture by Randall-Sinnamon

‘Rabbitcatcher’ – Randall Sinnamon

Kangaroo Valley

 

Response in Movement wire sculpture by Elissa Sykes Smith

‘Response in Movement’ wire sculpture by Elissa Sykes Smith

 

 

 

‘A-Shared-Weight’,-Elyssa Sykes-Smith-recycled-timber,-Sculpture-by-the-Sea,-Bondi,-2013

‘A Shared Weight’, Elyssa Sykes Smith recycled timber

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2013

 

 

Sea Spiral by Ross Cameron---2015

‘Sea Spiral’ by Ross Cameron—2015

Kangaroo Valley

 

Sea-the-light-by-Paul-Glendenning metal fish sculpture

‘Sea the light’ by Paul Glendenning

 

 

Shrouded Gods Mountain,-The Budawangs, south coast hinterlands of NSW, Australia

‘Shrouded Gods Mountain’, The Budawangs

South Coast hinterlands of NSW, Australia

 

 

Summoning-the-storm sculpture -Kangaroo-Valley

Summoning the storm sculpture -Kangaroo Valley

 

The Gods Had No Mouths by Myangah Pirate

‘The Gods Had No Mouths’ by Myangah Pirate

Kangaroo Valley

 

 

kangaroo-and-lizard-mateship

Rosie the orphaned Joey and Elliot the 1yo Bearded Dragon lizard

Greenough Wildlife & Bird Park in Australia

 

‘I’ve got your back’  Aussie mateship

These two apparently like hanging out together

 

 

 

Sydney Koto Quintet concert – Kangaroo Valley

 

 

Boat-People sculpture -by-Julie-Love

‘Boat People’ by Julie Love

 

Helmut Newton – Vogue Australia, May 1964

(originally shot at the beach, this one is with a backdrop of the Cambewarra range, NSW)

 

 

Trio-by-Dora-Rognvaldsdottir-2009 outdoor sculpture

‘Trio’ sculpture by Dora Rognvaldsdottir

 Kangaroo Valley. 2009

 

 

Penny Lovelock-kangaroo playing banjo

Penny Lovelock

 

 

 

'The Kongouro from New Holland'  - oil painting by George Stubbs 1772 - National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London

‘The Kongouro from New Holland’  – oil painting by George Stubbs

1772 – National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London

This painting was the first depiction of an Australian animal in Western Art and was originally exhibited by the Society of Artists in London in 1773.  Stubbs had never seen a living kangaroo, but created ‘The Kongouro from New Holland’ based on verbal accounts and a viewing of a preserved skin from a Captain Cook voyage.

 

Galeria-Aniela-Sculpture-on-the-Roof,Eco-House-Kangaroo Valley

Naked female sculpture on the roof,Eco House

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley

 

 

Fitzroy Falls at Kangaroo Valley Australia-david-smith

Fitzroy Falls at Kangaroo Valley Australia

Photo – David Smith

 

 

Reflecting on end of day-Cybernetic Kangaroos---Shane Gehlert

‘Reflecting on end of day’ – Cybernetic Kangaroos—Shane Gehlert

 

 

 

 

* Copyright 2006, Greg Lehman, Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies

 

 

 

 

 

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