Blazing an artistic trail in Adelaide Hills
22 November 2017
Joint release with:
Senator for South Australia
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Mayor of District Council of Mount Barker
Mayor of Adelaide Hills Council
Mayor of Alexandrina Council
- A sculpture trail running around Adelaide Hills has officially opened
- The trail features 26 sculpture parks which showcase the region
- The Coalition Government invested $400,000 in the project
A new trail in the Adelaide Hills featuring original sculptures was opened today, and is expected to become a major regional attraction.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project features 26 sculpture parks across the Adelaide Hills, with original works complimented with seating, lighting and appropriate signage.
“The trail showcases a range of international artists whose works have been purchased and funded almost entirely by locals.” Mr Chester said.
“This will be yet another drawcard to the region, and another way the Adelaide Hills can attract visitors, helping to stimulate the local economy and create jobs.”
Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the trail runs across three different council areas, Adelaide Hills, Mount Barker and Alexandrina, with each council contributing to the project.
“This project is a testament to the civic pride of these three councils, who generated strong community support and held three sculptural events over the past five years, each of which attracted more than 15,000 visitors,” Senator Ruston said.
Deputy Mayor for Mount Barker Harry Seager said locals and visitors alike are encouraged to visit, see and touch the 26 pieces scattered throughout the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.
“They inspire thought and reflection and have been created by some of the world's most creative and inspirational sculptors. It is due to the generosity vibrancy, enterprise and collaboration with our hills' communities that we can experience the achievement that is the Hills Sculpture Trail.” Cr Seager said.
Mayor for Adelaide Hills Bill Spragg said the trail provides a lasting legacy for Hills residents and yet another reason for visitors to flock to the Adelaide Hills.
“We are thrilled to be showcasing some of the finest local and international sculptors right here in the heart of the Hills,” Cr Spragg said.
Mayor for Alexandrina Keith Parkes said the trail provides local community members and visitors to the region, and in particular the Alexandrina district, with an opportunity to engage in this exciting and inspiring public art display.
“Alexandrina Council is delighted to support the Adelaide Hills Sculpture Trail. We take pride in our outstanding arts and culture offerings in the region, which are further enhanced by this project,” Cr Parkes said.
The Federal Coalition Government invested $400,000, with the District Council of Mount Barker contributing $130,000, Adelaide Hills Council providing $120,000, Alexandrina Council contributing $80,000 and the remaining $720,000 being provided by the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium.