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The Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Australia

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Published February 27th 2013
Henry Moore Hill Arches (1972-73), bronze, at the National Gallery of Australia sculpture garden.
Cfitzart / Wikimedia Commons


While the inside of the National Gallery holds some of Australia's finest artworks, some of the most exciting work lies outside in the gallery's sculpture garden.

The area is located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and is free to access by the public. The art here ranges from the modern to works by Rodin from the 19th century and demonstrates an incredible range of artistic style that melds well with the leafy surrounds.

A walk around the garden will not take you long, as the works are placed in close proximity and most are easily accessible.

One of the best times to visit is when the Fog Sculpture is operating (generally between 12:30 and 2pm, contact the gallery ahead to ensure) as it adds an extra element to the garden.

Other particularly noteworthy sculptures in the collection include: Virginia by Clement Meadmore, an enormous steel structure commissioned for the garde; Angel of the North, a small-scale maquette of Antony Gormley's sculpture in Northern England; and The Burghers of Calais, an iconic sculpture by Rodin.

The sculpture garden is a must-see for any Canberra visitors or residents as it hosts a diverse range of sculptures that will appeal to the creative eye of any individual.
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When: Fujiko Nakaya's Fog sculpture is in operation 12.302.00 pm daily
Where: The Sculpture Garden, Parkes ACT 2600
Cost: Admission to the permanent collection is free. Admission prices may apply to special exhibitions.
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