Sculpture at Scenic World 2014 submissions open

A piece in the 2013 Sculpture at Scenic World. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

A piece in the 2013 Sculpture at Scenic World. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

By Michelle Grima – Scenic World

Revered Australian visual artist Ken Unsworth will create a 9m commissioned sculpture for the upcoming 2014 Sculpture at Scenic World, as submissions officially open for Australia’s only annual rainforest exhibition.

Unsworth’s site-responsive artwork Harlequin’s Shuttle will be installed under the canopy of the Jurassic rainforest alongside up to 40 installations from around the world, between April 24 and May 18, 2014.

Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Exhibition manager Lizzy Marshall said Unsworth’s site-responsive installation would not only capture the natural environment but the engagement of the 60,000 visitors expected to experience the sculpture for the duration of the exhibition.

“Site-responsive art resonates its effect on the locale: -spatially and psychologically. Questions about time, impermanence, memory, artifice and locality arise, providing raw materials for the artist and points of access for the audience. This is imperative to the understanding  of  Ken  Unsworth’s oeuvre,” Ms Marshall said.

“We are very excited that Harlequin’s  Shuttle responds to not only our natural landscape but embraces the flow of visitors who also make up this environment.”

Unsworth   said:   “Rather   than   this   work   responding   to   the   landscape   only,   the viewer engaging with nature chances across a jewel of constantly changing colour and light, magically inserted by some unseen hand yet finding itself in a rightful  place.”

Now in its third year, the annual Sculpture at Scenic World will continue to expand its vision to introduce new opportunities for sculptors.

Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Sculpture at Scenic World offers artists a $20,000 Scenic World Acquisitive Award, a $5000 Artist Peer Award, a $2000 Scenic World Staff Choice Award and  The  Carrington  Hotel’s  $1000 People’s  Choice Award.

Again this year, artists selected for exhibition will have the chance to participate in Sculpture Otherwise an indoor exhibition of small scale works. A new initiative for 2014 is the Sculpture at Scenic World and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre partnership where one artist will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Cultural Centre from June 9 to July 7, 2014.

Submissions close on Monday, October 14, 2013, and an independent panel will select works to be installed off the majestic Lillipilli Link along Scenic World’s  2.4km  Scenic  Walkway.

Contact exhibition manager Lizzy Marshall on +61(0) 2 4780 0245, or email lizzym@scenicworld.com.au for submission applications.

Scenic World is at Violet St & Cliff Drive, Katoomba. Details: www.scenicworld.com.au or info@scenicworld.com.au.

Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

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