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Palmer Sculpture Biennial 2016

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
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Art in a landscape
A perfect weekend drive with a difference.

Palmer Sculpture Biennial
Whitewashing History by Clancy Warner, Palmer Sculpture Biennial 2016 (©paula mcmanus)

Take a quick one hour drive up the freeway from Adelaide and you'll find yourself in the pleasant rural town of Palmer, just a few kilometres from Mannum on the River Murray.

In amongst the rugged terrain, and on the very top of Rathjen Hill is the Palmer Sculpture Exhibition.

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Entanglement by Lorry Wedding-Morchioro, Palmer Sculpture Biennial 2016 (©paula mcmanus)

The arid landscape is a perfect setting for the dozens of sculptures that have been installed by renowned artists from across Australia and overseas

The 403 acre property is privately owned by South Australian sculptor Greg Johns. The sculptures cover an area of approximately 5kms - mostly covering the hilltops.

The brown rocky hills are a terrific natural gallery for the amazing artworks. Visitors are encouraged to stroll at their leisure and stop and enjoy each of the installations. There are places to rest, places to have a picnic lunch, to fill up with water and places to simply absorb the beauty of the landscape.

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Landmark by Steven Bellosguardo, Palmer Sculpture Biennial 2016 (©paula mcmanus)

The Palmer Sculpture Biennial 2016 was announced as the overall winner of the BankSA Best Visual Art and Design at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. A huge honour and very well deserved.

The Fringe Sculptures Exhibition is open for public viewing until the 3rd of April 2016.

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Earth Force by Dianne Coulter, Palmer Sculpture Biennial 2016 (©paula mcmanus)

But don't stress if you don't get time to visit the sculptures in the next couple of weeks. The sculptures will be open to the public during the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival in July and August.

For some this is a better time of year to visit. The cooler winter weather means an easier traverse of the hills and walking trails and there is the added bonus of an open pit fire and campfire type setting for all to enjoy. Just bring your esky with food and drink. Pop your food onto the fire, go for a walk and view the sculptures (or just take a seat and relax) and then enjoy your meal when it's cooked.

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Seven Sisters Visiting... Just Checking by Deb Sleeman, Palmer Sculpture Biennial 2016 (©paula mcmanus)

The Palmer Sculptures are located at 372 Davenport Road. The site is just 3.5kms north from the Hotel at Palmer and entry is free.

Open Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 6pm and Wednesdays from 2pm to 5.30pm until Sunday 3 April

Open again in August 2016 during SALA

372 Davenport Road, Palmer.
Palmer is approximately 70kms from Adelaide

How much:
Entry is free. Catalogues and hard cover books are available for purchase and donations are gratefully received.

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Message to the Navigator by Stephen Lloyd at Palmer Sculpture Biennial 2016 (©paula mcmanus)

Suitable for:
Ambulant people only. A medium level of fitness is required. There are steep paths and uneven trails and they are not suitable for walkers, wheelchairs or prams. Lifts to the peak are available at the landowners discretion. Please ask nicely :)

What to take:
Sensible walking shoes, sunscreen, water, hat, food and your camera. A first aid kit, a toilet and water are available at the Hut at the top of the hill

What's not allowed:
Please note that smoking, dogs and other pets are not permitted anywhere on the property

Palmer Sculpture Biennial map
Palmer Sculpture Biennial map (map courtesy of Team Rowell)

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Why? Visit an award winning sculpture exhibition
When: Open till 3rd April 2016
Where: Palmer, South Australia
Cost: Free
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