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Lake Macquarie Sculpture Park

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by Rachel (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer currently studying my Bachelor of Media and Communications.
Published November 4th 2012
Art in the outdoors Why did no one else think of this?
The sculpture park is set in the beautiful grounds of the Art Gallery and Awaba House. It allows you to view art while enjoying the beauty of the green parkland and the shining water of the lake.

Beautiful Lake Views
Looking at art, while enjoying the beauty of nature.

History of the Sculpture Park
The Sculpture Park was created in 1996 and its first artworks were made up of art from the Macquarie Biennial Acquisitive sculpture prize. In the year 2000 the gallery began commissioning several works that fit in with the Aboriginal and cultural landscape of the park.

The Sculpture Park
The walking trail was easy to follow because each sculpture stands out and makes an impression.

My Favourites

'Through Hopeful Eyes, ' by Years 9-10, Lake Macquarie High School

This is the first sculpture you notice when you begin the walk. At first it just seems like a tube formed into random lines but after a closer look you see it actually spells out hope.

The mosaic at the bottom symbolises the Lake Macquarie and ties the sculpture to the surrounding landscape.

'Through Hopeful Eyes'
created by students of Lake Macquarie High School.

Mosaic Pathways

As you walk the path you come across several murals that represent moments in the history of the area.

A footpath mural.
Walking on art.

The Aeolin Tree

The Aeolin Tree is like a giant sail moving in the breeze. From a distance it resembles a large balloon inflating and deflating, depending on the strength of the breeze.


Ted Prior's 'Love Boat.'

The Love Boat was my favourite sculpture. It consists of two wooden figures sitting back to back and is meant to symbolise the struggle between two egos in the beginning of a relationship, as they try to retain their own personality within the relationship.




Thoughts
I found the walk relaxing and enjoyed looking at the sculptures while also enjoying the lake views.
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Why? View art in the outdoors and fresh air
Where: In the grounds of the art gallery and Awaba House
Cost: Free
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