Eden sculpture unveiled at Batlow

STANDING TALL: The sculpture ‘Eden’ which was unveiled last night at Batlow with Founding CEO and Artistic Director for ‘sculpture by the sea’ coordinator David Handley AM. PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Mahoney.

BATLOW has received a significant new sculpture, ‘Eden’ as part of the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail by internationally renowned New Zealand artist Phil Price.

It was officially unveiled in Batlow last night.

Standing 6.8m high and spanning 5.7m wide, Price’s kinetic carbon fibre sculpture with precision bearings is a giant apple tree that moves in the wind, welcoming people as they arrive in Batlow.

The sculpture, one of the most important in the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, was

unveiled by Bill Dobbie, New Zealand Consul-General to Sydney on Monday 12 February, who will be joined by the artist Phil Price, Dr Joe McGirr MP, Mayor Ian Chaffey and Janet Peel who spoke on behalf of the Batlow community.

Also present was David Handley, sculpture by the sea founding CEO and Artistic Director.

New Zealand born sculptor Phil Price lives and works in Lyttleton, New Zealand and Melbourne. 

Since 2000 Phil Price has focused on creating wind activated kinetic sculptures. Regarded as one of the foremost kinetic sculptors of his generation, his work is widely acknowledged for its breathtaking beauty, evocation of the natural world, extraordinary design and strength in all conditions.

His sculpture ‘Journeys’ graces the road at entrance to Canberra International Airport. Other major public sculptures include: ‘Cytoplasm’ in Auckland; ‘Tree of Life’, McClelland Gallery Victoria; The Transfield Collection, Sydney; ‘Nucleus’, Hamilton in Victoria; and ‘Snake’, Aarhus in Denmark. Price’s work is also included in significant private collections across the world including Austria, USA, Switzerland, Holland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

On seeing ‘Eden’ replace the previous sculpture ‘Green Life’ in Reedy Creek, Max Gordon-Hall of Do it for Batlow, said. “It’s great to see ‘Green Life’ ‘shoot’ and grow into ‘Eden’ at Reedy Creek. This is a truly great symbol of Batlow and the region’s bushfire recovery.”

While staying in Batlow for the unveiling of ‘Eden’ Phil Price is will host free sculpture making workshops for the school students at St Mary’s and Batlow Technology School as part of the Snowy Hydro School Education Program in the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail.

With ‘Eden’ added to the Snowy Valley Sculpture Trail the collection has grown to 38 sculptures at eight locations across 150 kilometres of the Snowy Valleys in the towns of Adelong, Batlow, Talbingo Tumbarumba, the hamlet of Tooma and the vineyards with cellar doors at Courabyra Wines, Johansen Wines and Obsession Wines. 

The sculpture collection is a Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund project funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail has been created by the team behind Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in partnership with the local communities across the Snowy Valleys.

David Handley, Founding CEO and Artistic Director of Sculpture by the Sea and the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail said of ‘Eden’, “The first time Phil Price exhibited outside of New Zealand was at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in 2003 when he received the People’s Choice Award and again in 2009. He has since gone on to establish a major international career all around the world, so it is great to see ‘Eden’ in Batlow and for his sculptures to be as well received in Batlow as they were at Bondi.”

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