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Macquarie University Lakeside Walk Sculptures

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by Pauline (subscribe)
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Published April 15th 2013
One of the largest Sculpture Parks in Australia
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.

Due to time constraints, I did not cover all sections of the park. However, exploring Lakeside Walk alone was visually engaging and interactive enough that time just passed by so quickly.

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Pathway to Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park


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.

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
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.

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Sculpture by Errol Davis, Springfire III


Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Sculpture by Errol Davis, Red Feathered Friend


While I must admit that I'm not an expert in appreciating and interpreting sculptures but the process of discovering them piece by piece was quite an enjoyment and fun-learning.

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Sculpture by Ragnhild Lunden, The Cage of Anaesthetics


Some sculptures currently on display in the park e.g. Vessel Arising by Foon Sham is on loan from the artist. This piece of work was previously featured in 2003 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Sculpture by Foon Sham, Vessels Arising


The Way of The Sage was created by Antone Bruinsma in 1994. It consists of 4 pieces of sculpture made of helidon freestone.

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Sculpture by Antone Bruinsma, The Way of the Sage


Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Sculpture by Antone Bruinsma, The Way of the Sage


On a hill behind the lake is a bronze sculpture of self-portrait by Drago Cherina in 1973.

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Sculpture by Drago Cherina, Self Portrait


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.

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Sculpture by John Petrie, Bridge


It was interesting to learn that Macquarie University campus used to be a native bushland to Sydney Turperntine-Ironbark Forest which still contains the remnants of the forest.

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Native Bushland at Macquarie


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.

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Ducks by the lake in Sculpture Park


I love this view from the other side of the lake ...

Macquarie University, Lakeside Walk, Sculpture Park
Breathtaking view of Macquarie University Lakeside


The park is accessible to public and it is located within walking distance from Macquarie University train station. Access to this park is very easy and convenient.
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Why? Best sculpture park in Sydney
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Where: Macquarie University Campus
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Well done Pauline, nice find and great collection of photos
by g;eno (score: 1|23) 2015 days ago
This is great! Never knew they had that here. Thanks for keeping us always updated on what to do :)
by Missy (score: 1|46) 2012 days ago
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