Set amidst campus buildings of Macquarie University, Sculpture Park is one of the largest parks in Australia that houses a collection of sculptures with a variety of styles, materials and techniques. It was founded by Dr. Errol Bruce Davis (1926 - 2009) in 1992 who is one of Australia's foremost sculptors.
Some 130 original sculptures by Australian and International sculptors dotted across the open parkland of 125 hectares which is also home to flora and fauna reserves and earth sciences garden. The sculpture exhibition is generally divided into three sections - Lakeside Walk, Western Walk and Indoor sites.
It was a busy weekday when I visited the campus. Not knowing where to go, I just referred to the location map and walked towards the direction of the lake. After a few blocks, I was delighted to be greeted by lush greenery. There were many people scattered across the park eating lunch, relaxing, studying and some were seen to be rushing for assignments.
The first sculpture I came across was Peter D. Cole's Thinking About The Landscape made of steel and bronze mixed.
Sculpture by Peter D. Cole, Thinking about the landscape
Of course, there are sculpture pieces by the founder himself on display - Springfire III and Red Feathered Friend by Errol Davis. These are two of his many sculptures in the park. The Red Feathered Friend was made of painted stainless steel in 1986; Springfire III was made of painted steel in 1992.
My favorite piece of sculpture at Lakeside Walk has to be the steel and timber Bridge by John Petrie in 2003. It was purchased by the university in 2009 and placed at the hillside on the far side of the lake.
Overall, the park is beautiful with picturesque landscape where trees are abundant, air is fresh and birds flying around. Students at Macquarie University are indeed lucky to have such a luxury within the campus.