Sculpture at Scenic World returns to the Blue Mountains this Autumn, transforming ancient rainforest into an outdoor art gallery from 1st April - 2nd May 2021 Catch the world's steepest railway deep into the Jameson valley, then wander world-class sculpture and art exhibits.
Sculpture at Scenic World includes artworks by local Blue Mountains artists amongst works from around Australia and one from the USA. The sculptures were chosen based on their ability to blend in without interfering with their surroundings. Many art pieces could easily be missed by the unobservant wanderer.
Each sculpture was brought down to the valley by the Scenic Cableway and carefully placed by arborists, so as not to disturb or damage the environment.
The hand-picked pieces include a diverse array of mediums including soundbars (playing recordings of the rainforest), a light show projected onto trees resembling rain and an interactive display featuring bright yellow bamboo poles that made a satisfying 'clonk' when you squeezed yourself amongst them.
Connected by Angela Jursevics at Sculpture at Scenic World, Katoomba. Image by Jade Jackson.
There are 30 pieces in the exhibition and like all great art, I walked away thinking about how it made me feel and where it took me, mentally.
Stick Figures by Camie Lyons was a piece that looked like it belonged in the rainforest, as though it grew there.
I particularly enjoyed Rin-ne Ten-shou (Reincarnation) by Kayo Yokoyama because it reminded me of a sea creature floating softly amongst trees, like something from a Sci-Fi movie.
Likewise, meandering past Sentinels by Mari Hirata also felt like I was exploring another planet, discovering new creatures.
Whilst God Speed by Leon Lester had me questioning whether the street sign had been there all along and perhaps I just hadn't noticed it before.
Whilst it may seem like some art has you questioning your sanity; Sculpture at Scenic World provides an escape. Immersing yourself, amongst towering tree ferns, beneath sky-high sandstone cliffs and filling your lungs with crisp mountain air whilst discovering hidden art is the perfect antidote to the complexities of urban life, especially in a period of lockdowns.
Stick figures by Camie Lyons is at Sculpture at Scenic World, Katoomba. Image by Jade Jackson.
The exhibition has become a staple on the Blue Mountains arts calendar and is a family-friendly event. Allow two hours to travel down the Scenic Railway, wander the exhibition and catch the Cableway back up (or vice versa). Entry also includes the Scenic Skyway which traverses across the valley, giving postcard perfect views of the Three Sisters.
Wristband holders of Sculpture at Scenic World can access Twist & Shout, an outdoor exhibition of larger works which invites visitors to explore iconic locations in the Blue Mountains, including the Fairmont Resort & Spa, Braemar Gallery, Mountain Heritage Hotel, and the Carrington Hotel. There is also a free artist talk at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (usually $10).
Entry to Sculpture at Scenic World is $49.90 for adults, $27.90 for children under 14 years. Family passes are $77.80 (1A,1C) and Season passes are available, including unlimited entry to Sculpture at Scenic World from April 1 – May 2.
Scenic World is a COVID safe business and capacity limitations are in place to meet physical distancing guidelines. All rides are regularly deep cleaned and hand sanitising stations are readily available in high contact areas. Please note, face masks are mandatory on all Scenic World rides.
Scenic World is currently accepting Dine & Discover NSW vouchers, providing $25 off entry to Sculpture at Scenic World. Vouchers can be used for food and beverage purchases on site.
Scenic World is open every day of the school holidays and Friday–Monday outside these times.