Brisbane's Sculpture Festival Opens Spectacularly!

Brisbane's Sculpture Festival Opens Spectacularly!


Posted 2024-05-29 by Vanessafollow

Fri 24 May 2024 - Sun 25 Aug 2024

An extraordinary engaging sculpture experience awaits you in Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens.

Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM, Sculptors Queensland Patron and life member described the 2024 exhibition as "The best show Sculptors Queensland has presented" when she toured the outdoor installations with Curator Colleen Lavender. Rhyl noted the show was "quite different to previous years and well worth a return visit."

In their biggest show yet, Sculptors Queensland present 17 outdoor sculptures and 97 indoor pieces. There is an interest point for everybody. Discover the enchanting “Morning Mob” of kangaroos exploring the gardens by David Ellsworth, a woman “Rijulot” anticipating flowers to bloom in her skirt by Julia Rose stands majestically beneath the gardens oldest plant and a favourite old pony by Colleen Lavendar rests in “Camp” in the shade. A lucky “Seahorse” by Wendy Badke swims under a tree, the three wire chrysalis’ creating “Transformation 1,” (winner of the coveted Shillam Award) are suspended amongst the ferns. The delicate hand woven wire chrysalis’ invite you to “contemplate growth and change, highlighting the beauty of transformation”.

I was entranced by the two pieces in the water that use reflection as part of the works. They are different at every viewpoint - a unique viewing experience, almost impossible to explain and unforgettable. Both “Vortex” and “Lapis in Ventre Fame (Stone in the Belly of Hunger)” completely transform as you a walk around them. With “Lapis” the artist Sharon Le Mesurier illustrates “The glimmer of sustainable ideas and hope that are within little fish, this notion thrives in an ever-changing world, where challenges and subsequent decisions can change direction of individuals, community and landscapes. Little fish can make change in the world for the better, so they swim on with purpose.” “Vortex” by Jaco Roeloffs is placed so that the reflection moves and shimmers while the work is itself static. The piece “represents the dynamic flow of water as it carves through multiple layers and symbolises the effect that moving water has on our earth, often creating beautiful shapes and layers that tell the story of our seasons and climate over time.”

Visitors are invited to simply enjoy what they see or go further into what the Artist had in mind through the statements on display and consider their own thoughts in response.

Inside the exhibition hall are 97 sculptures ranging from a tiny flying pelican by Russell Solomon (who makes wire lines sing with life), a “Conference of Pears” by Felicity Smith, an “Elusive Butterfly” by Donald Harvison to enchanting life size human forms and sea creatures. I was swept up in the “Dance to the Sound of Music” (also by Donald Harvison) and intrigued by the Frank Lambert award winner “Sunday Inbound” by Jane Prasser asking if we are connected or disconnected by mobile devices.

Proud First Nations entrant Phillip Goodchild (age 11) from the Emu Clan won the Under 18 prize for his “Dingo”. The reason he chose a dingo “is that they can’t bark, the are the largest terrestrial predator in Australia and they can live almost anywhere. A fun fact is they hunt in packs and live in groups. They chase their prey until it is exhausted and then go in for the kill.”

Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM exhibits a miniature of her 3500mm high bronze and stainless steel commissioned artwork she produced for the new Mathematics Museum at Ocean View, Estate, Qld, in 2023. It represents the Hand of the Greek Philosopher Plato, holding the five Platonic Solids named after him.

The indoor exhibition is open 10am - 4pm to Saturday 1 June. The outdoor exhibition is open 10 am - 4pm to Saturday 24 August.

All sculptures are available for sale. More details at

If you would like to book a special tour please email [email protected]

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