Adelaide And The Hills Welcomes International Sculptors

Seven internationally recognised sculptors arrived in Adelaide today and are joining Artistic Director Silvio Apponyi to work at The Cedars in Hahndorf for the 20 day 2012 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium.

This exciting new arts and tourism event will take place on the Ridge at The Cedars, Hahndorf, underneath Hans Heysen’s beloved gum trees at his estate in the Adelaide Hills.

Using angle grinders, diamond drills, hammers and chisels the sculptors will chip away at large blocks of granite and marble to create 8 world class stone sculptures. These will be permanently placed in various public sites in the Adelaide Hills.

The result of the event will be 8 major pieces of sculpture in marble and granite to be installed, 3 in Mount Barker, and one each in Hahndorf, Macclesfield, Lobethal, Stirling and Balhannah.

It is planned that the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium will become a biennial Arts event. The first 8 sculptures will begin a sculpture trail of 24 major pieces leaving an enduring legacy of culture for the communities and visitors to the Adelaide Hills and delivering significant cultural, social, economic and tourism benefits for South Australia.

The sculptors attending are:

Silvio Apponyi – Australia

Jaya Schuerch – USA/Switzerland

Hwang Seoung-Woo – Korea

Kemal Tufan – Turkey

Luke Zwolsman – Australia

Miguel Isla-Sanz – Spain

Craig Medson – Australia

Yoshin Ogata – Japan

They have all attended many sculptural symposia all over the world and their work is represented in many major cities and cultural institutions.

The energy and cultural inspiration generated at a symposium of this nature and in such a magnificent setting overlooking the Hahndorf Hills will be quite unique.

Setting up the site at The Cedars has been a monumental task which has involved the in-kind support of many local businesses. AHISS aimed to do it sensitively and in keeping with the natural setting on The Ridge.

65 tonnes of marble and granite, all donated by South Australian quarries, has been delivered and craned up to the Ridge ready for the sculptors to start working on.

Open to the public by gold coin donation, visitors will have the rare opportunity to see world class sculptures in the making. They can also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Marketing Manager Chris Steele Scott said today, “We are very excited to welcome such an international line up of sculptors here for the inaugural 2012 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium”.

All 8 sculptures being created at the Sculpture Symposium have been commissioned for various sites around the Adelaide Hills”, she said.

“In a fantastic effort, communities in eight Hills towns have worked together to raise the funds to enable the commissioning of the sculptures for their site ($30,000 each)” she said.

The event has been generously and enthusiastically supported by many Hills businesses, communities and private individuals. It also received an Arts SA Community Development Grant and ongoing support from the Australia Business Arts Foundation.

Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium

10 – 29 April 2012

10am – 4pm Tuesday – Sunday inclusive (Closed Mondays)

At The Cedars, 68 Heysen Road, Hahndorf

Car, bus and disabled parking available

Walking shoes and hats strongly recommended

Light refreshments available – People’s Choice Award

Entry by gold coin donation

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