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Wyaralong Sculpture Park

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
Published January 17th 2022
Are you a night swimmer ?
Lake Wyaralong was formed in 2011 when the dam was constructed and since then has provided a beautiful and tranquil setting for non-motorised boating and fishing, as well as many mountain bike and walking trails.

The addition of a Sculpture Park in 2015 means that this is a place for art lovers, nature lovers, mountain trail enthusiasts, family picnics and a fun day out.

We spent a day exploring the dam, the lake, the sculpture park and enjoyed it very much.

The sculpture park is situated on a hillock, which you can walk up to easily with paths taking you around the various sculptures. There are ten sculptures at present but this may change as more are added in the future. The view of the lake is pretty.

The view from the Sculpture Park
The view from the Sculpture Park

I loved the 'Humming Stone' by Birgit Grapetin.

Humming Stone by Birgit Grapetin
Humming Stone by Birgit Grapetin

Birgit Grapentin developed an interactive humming stone that viewers will be able to experience. The idea is that you put your head into the chamber and hum and experience vibrations down to your toes. 'The Humming Stone' is carved out of beautiful and colourful Helidon sandstone.

The 'Ancient Wyaralong Water Dragon' by Paul Stumkat is another of the sculptures in the Park. He looks a little fierce but I am sure is no different to some of the water dragons you find out and about.

The Water Dragon
The Water Dragon

There is the 'Water Portal' by Luke Zwolsman and the impressive 'Balance' by Thomas Reifferschild, again in the Helidon stone.

I enjoyed the playfulness of the next one which was entitled 'Fishing for Humour' by Silvio Apponyi. The fishing rod is massive, so the laughs should be good too.

Night Swimming', by Tamborine Mountain sculpture Jacques van der Merwe, is made of silky oak and steel and it was a little contentious because of its nudity but as the artist has rightly pointed out, then and now nudity has nothing really to do with it at all. In a previous interview he is quoted as saying: "It's got nothing to do with the fact that he's nude or not it's just a metaphor for when you have a lot of feelings and sometimes you feel like you're swimming in them," he said.

"It's like swimming through that emotion dealing with your emotions and I called it night swimming because it's not always easy.

It's kind of a mysterious sculpture in a way because of the steel bathing cap the sculpture became not just a swimmer but almost like a soldier."

There are additional sculptures but I don't want to show you all of them - pack a picnic and head out for the day. It is about an hour's drive from Brisbane and there really is something for everyone. After our walk in the Sculpture Park, we explored the dam and then did a lake walk along some beautiful paths full of swishing grasses and wildflowers. We came across many varied trees and birds, and a very surprised goanna. You can barely see its long body behind this tree but it was very large and impressive.

What can you see ?
What can you see ?

If you look carefully you will see the outline of his long body. Here is one without the leaf camouflage. They are quite patterned.
A goanna from Wikicommons
A goanna from Wikicommons

On the walk
On the walk

Paths to walks
Paths to walks

Lots of wild flowers
Lots of wild flowers
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Why? Tranquil lake and pleasant surroundings
When: anytime
Where: Lake Wyaralong - Dam
Cost: Free
Your Comment
A lovely place Marina and such a diversity of things to see and do. The sculptures are awesome.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4054) 126 days ago
So many surprises at every corner. Great story Marina
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|4674) 126 days ago
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