Art on the Edge: Sculpture on the Edge
Pete Goodlet provides a preamble to the Sculpture on the Edge event which will delight art, garden and food lovers of all calibre.
Artists are often considered to live on the edge of society. As an artist friend once quipped “if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space!”
The aptly named Sculpture on the Edge brings the work and the sculptors out of their creative spaces into a well curated, Asian-inspired paradise.
Sculpture on the Edge at Spicers Tamarind Retreat is an amazing opportunity to see the work of some of Queensland’s best-known sculptors in an inspirational parkland setting. Wander through the beautiful 18 acres of landscaped gardens and admire the works of more than thirty sculptors who have created unique pieces for the region’s premier outdoor sculpture event.
A perfect start to such a prestigious event is the Twilight Viewing on 31 October. This ticketed event is an excellent chance to mingle with the artists, enjoy live music and drinks while partaking in an Asian-inspired, feast rom the Tamarind Restaurant.
The twilight event will culminate in an awards ceremony as the judges’ decision is announced.
Noosa artist Yanni van Zijl took out the $5000 first prize in 2019 for her work Anew, a mystical piece representing a young forest seedling emerging into life; a nod to nature’s ability to regenerate after trauma. The surface of moss was its own living entity and continued to grow creating a true, living sculpture.
Yanni’s entry into the 2020 Sculpture on the Edge sounds equally intriguing, but as I was sworn to secrecy you will just have to go and see it for yourself!
The chance to exhibit in such a beautiful space is valued by Yanni and the other sculptors as the work can be viewed, as it was intended, amongst nature.
Other local sculptors to be featured at the exhibition are Miles Allen, Sophie Blake and Laura Vecmane Bartlett, all of whom took home awards in 2019.
Sculpture on the Edge is an initiative of Arts Connect Inc and is backed by Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Sunshine Coast Council and other generous sponsors.
Now in its tenth year it has proved to be a popular event and draws visitors from across the state. The setting in itself is a drawcard, but the added opportunity to see the works of such renowned artists makes it unforgettable and unmissable.
To make the most of your visit, save some time to enjoy one of the many dining options provided by The Tamarind. Led by Head Chef Dean Jarret and awarded One Chef Hat in the 2020 National Good Food Guide, the restaurant has gained an enviable reputation for fine Asian cuisine.
During Sculpture on the Edge visitors can choose between an array of dining options including Scones on the Deck; a gourmet picnic hamper, complete with rug and fine food for two; a sculptors lunch pack; or take the opportunity to dine a la carte in the award-winning restaurant (bookings essential!).
Whatever option you chose you are bound to enjoy the freshness of the local produce and the sweet, sour and spicy flavours of Tamarind as the perfect accompaniment.
Live on the edge and enjoy a sculptural journey in a landscaped paradise. You might just get to chat to one the sculptors or find a piece that is perfect for your own garden oasis.