During the month of August 2022, Centennial Park invites you to experience a selection of SALA Festival sculptures, as well as other permanent works of art, while wandering their tranquil grounds in Pasadena. The sculpture trail showcases numerous talented South Australian artists including Claude Portelli, Anna Small, Peter DeMaria and Warren Pickering.
After downloading a trail map from their website, we started our journey of engaging with nature and art. We were very impressed with the collection and here are some of my favourites.
Make a Wish
As an electrician and fabricator by trade, Claude Portelli has created a sophisticated sculpture through the medium of welding. He captured the moment beautifully with a dancer showing her love of life and music. Endless Dance took two months to complete and is one of his most recent works. It can be found near the weeping rose garden.
Sometimes we need to take the time to sit and contemplate life's ups and downs, and Contemplation by Anna Small allows us to do just that in the peaceful surroundings of the grevillea court. Looking closely, you'll see a magpie perching on some native flowers. The bench seat is made of spotted gum hardwood while its back is mild steel. Anna has definitely applied a high level of care, accuracy and thoroughness to the sculpture.
Next to the jubilee complex is a very apt sculpture for a community space that perpetually commemorates our loved ones. Peter DeMaria's Night Sky is filled with stars which are always there in the sky although sometimes can't be seen by our human eyes. A great reminder when you're missing that special someone in your life.
Trained in the fine arts, Warren Pickering works collaboratively with his wife Anna Small from their shed in Moana. He has created The Last Voyage using reclaimed aluminium boats and mild steel. This reflective sculpture can be viewed in the south east garden.
Centennial Park is located at 760 Goodwood Road, Pasadena. Its gates open daily from 7am to 7pm. Entry is free.