new sculpture walk to support forest fire recovery

Sculpture by the Sea has created a new outdoor sculpture path connecting cities affected by the devastating wildfires of 2020.

The Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail stretches 100 kilometers from Adelong to Tooma via Batlow, funded by the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

Harry Fasher’s The Last Charge in Adelong.Credit:Fiona Dalessandro

The permanent trail winds along a rural side road off the Hume Highway, where it is hoped it will encourage cultural tourism and aid the recovery of the region.

Sculpture by the Sea founder David Handley said more than a quarter of the 20 or so sculptures were new, the rest had been seen in earlier versions by his famous cousin Bondi.

Harry Fisher’s The last load, a memorial to the Battle of Beersheba has been installed in Adelong, where the sculptural walk was opened on Saturday. It appeared in Bondi in 2017, when it received an award voted on by participating artists.

green life Resembling a towering lime-green plant shoot, by Milan Kuzica has been installed in Reedy Creek, Batlow, just 150 yards from where the gas station burned down during the January 2020 fires. One person died and 40 houses were lost in the municipality.

Sculptures have also been installed at the cellar doors of three vineyards: Courabyra, Obsession and Johansen.

The trail’s first three sculptures were installed in December, a gift from the Denmark-based Friendship Society of Denmark, Australia and New Zealand as a gesture of international friendship in the wake of the bushfires.

“Adelong is perfect for a sculpture walk and the community has wanted it for two decades, and it was just one of many magical things that fell into place to make this project possible,” Handley says.

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