new sculpture walk to aid bushfire recovery

Sculpture by the Sea has seeded a new outdoor sculpture trail linking towns affected by the devastating bushfires of 2020.

The Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail stretches 100 kilometers from Adelong to Tooma via Batlow, funded by the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

Harrie Fasher’s last charge in Adelong.Credit:Fiona Dalessandro

The permanent footpath meanders along a bucolic secondary road from the Hume Highway linking Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne where it is hoped it will encourage cultural tourism and contribute to the recovery of the area.

Sculpture by the Sea founder David Handley said more than a quarter of the 20 or so sculptures were new, the rest had been seen in earlier versions by his famous cousin Bondi.

by Harrie Fisher The last charge, a memorial to the Battle of Beersheba has been erected in Adelong, where the sculptural promenade opened on Saturday. He appeared in Bondi in 2017, when he won an award voted on by participating artists.

green life by Milan Kuzica, resembling a towering lime green plant sprout, was installed in Reedy Creek, Batlow, just 150 yards from where the petrol station burned down in the January 2020 fires. One person died and 40 homes were lost in the township.

Sculptures have also been installed at the doors of the cellars of three vineyards: Courabyra, Obsession and Johansen.

The first three sculptures on the trail were installed in December, a gift from the Danish, Australian and New Zealand Friendship Society as a sign of international friendship following the bushfires.

“Adelong is perfect for a sculpture walk and the community has wanted it for two decades, and it was just one of many magical things that fell into place to make this project possible,” Handley said.

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