Botanic Gardens become home to International Sculptures
Maroochy Mayor Joe Natoli will officially open the magnificent sculpture gardens at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens this Saturday 29 July at 2pm.
The Sculpture Gardens have been created by volunteers to house the incredible pieces of art crafted by eight international artists during the International Sculpture Symposium held at the Botanic Gardens in September 2005.
"As part of the International Sculpture Symposium each artist was given one or more pieces of stone to create a masterpiece during a time frame of only 16 days," Cr Natoli said.
"It was always the plan to have these amazing pieces housed here in the Botanic Gardens to become part of the 'Sculpture Walk' along with the names of the work, the artist and the benefactor, so visitors to our magnificent Gardens can enjoy them for numerous years to come."
More than 30 tonne of Queensland stone was available to the artists to chisel, hammer, grind, chip and cut into some of the most monumental sculptures to become part of the permanent public art collection.
"However, none of this, the art or the gardens, would be available without the tireless efforts of the Friends of the Gardens volunteers," Cr Natoli said.
"I've been fortunate to have had a sneak preview with Noosa Mayor Bob Abbot and we were both extremely impressed of the look and layout of the new Sculpture Walk. The volunteers have created it at an international standard."
The opening will be MC'd by ABC Coast FM announcer Cam Young and the ceremony will include comments on art and nature by Christine Ballinger from the Noosa Regional Gallery. John Waldern from the Caloundra Regional Gallery will also be in attendance.
When: SATURDAY, 29 JULY 2006.
Where: Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha.