Tuesday, March 22, 2011

McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park

A few months ago I entered a competition in the local newspaper.
The prize was a guided tour of the sculpture park at McClelland Gallery in Langwarrin, Victoria.

I was delighted to find that I had won and asked for two more tickets so my mum and two of our lovely family friends could enjoy the day together.

We were greeted with complimentary coffee and scones with jam and cream in the gallery cafe before the tour began. The gallery director gave a short introduction, then we split into two groups to tour the current pieces in the 2010 McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award.

Nestled amongst the extensive grounds of the park, we strolled and were greeted with a new sculpture hiding behind each twist and turn along the path, every 20 steps or so.

The biennial exhibition has a grand prize of $100,000 for the winning artist and their sculpture becomes a permanent piece at the gallery.

Below are a few of the amazing artworks in the 2010 Sculpture Survey:

'A white nest: 2010' by Chako Kato
yarn, steel pegs, dimensions variable

'Glory Days' by Jason Waterhouse
1972 Holden HQ Kingswood Station Wagon, acrylic filler, steel, paint

'Strange fruit' by Adrian Mauriks
epoxy resin, steel, paint

'To the centre II' by Greg Johns
corten steel

'Alexander the Great' by Dean Colls
corten steel

'DNA II' by Jonathan Leahey
corten steel, stainless mirrored steel

'Reflective simulations' (detail) by Gregor Kregar
stainless steel

'Primordial' by Matthew Harding
mirror polished stainless steel

'Top shelf' by Louise Paramor
plastic, steel, pins, bolts

'Tygers I, II, III' by Caroline Rothwell

'Space junk from Adelaide' by James Kenyon
steel, electronics

'A moment of media-tation' by Jud Wimhurst
wood, plywood, lacquers, 2 pac paint, mirror, polycarbonate, polyurethane resin, polyester resin, epoxy resin, fibreglass, acrylic fresnel lenses

A most wonderful time was had by us at the McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park.
The short tour was just a glimpse at the incredible pieces of art on display.
Needless to say, I will be visiting again and again to marvel at the talent and savor a picnic by the lake.

Click here to view all the entrants in the 2010 Sculpture Survey and details on their artwork.

--- Mariann ---

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