Sculpture at Scenic World, Blue Mountains

It’s been 17 years since Sculpture by the Sea first started in Sydney, and what a wonderful addition to our gorgeous city it is. Wandering from Bondi to Tamarama and taking in the works of art is the perfect way to catch up with friends and celebrate the fact that spring is here every year.

Well now I’ve found a new sculpture exhibition to look forward to, but this time it’s an autumn treat.

Sculpture at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains is a very new creation. It only started last year, and I unfortunately missed out on that one (and the chance to say ‘yes, I was at the first one’ in the years to come).

But last week I managed to get along for the start of the second annual Sculpture at Scenic World and I have a feeling it will be the first of many for this gal.

If you’ve been to Katoomba before, you’ll know Scenic World is the place where you can ride the world’s steepest railway down into a rainforest, or catch the Scenic Skyway cable car across Jamison Valley for an incredible view of The Three Sisters.

Scenic world has spent $30 million on a new railway that was unveiled just a matter of weeks ago, which means a visit to the sculptures is also a chance to ride in the new carriages.

Once you get down into the rainforest below, there’s two and a half kilometres of scenic boardwalk to explore, and while Sculpture at Scenic World is on, you’ll have 35 sculptures to enjoy while you’re walking it.

Just as the artworks in Sculpture by the Sea are enhanced by the environment, the pieces in Sculpture at Scenic World are a delight to see amongst the trees. Some are suspended between branches, others incorporate the plants in the work, and then there are those on the forest floor.

Artists from around the world have created the sculptures, and the calibre of artists is impressive. I was lucky enough to do a tour with Exhibition Manager, Lizzy Marshall, and so had the chance to understand more about the various artists and their work. But even without the backstory, I was swept away by some of the pieces.

One of my favourites, Reflect Phi by Blue Mountains artist Daniel Kojta won the $20,000 Scenic World Acquisitive prize.

Apparently the three polished stainless steel sculptures are “translated through the mathematical Phi formula of Australian natives”. I’ll take his word for that… all I know is that they were beautiful and lifted my spirits and I wish I could visit them every day.

Another personal favourite, Resting Place by Greer Taylor is described as “a delicately knitted wire structure that belies its materiality and seemingly floats in the rainforest” and was highly commended.

I could go on and on about the ones I loved. But instead I suggest you get on up to the Blue Mountains and find your own favourites. And while you’re there, why not make a night of it?

That grand dame of the Blue Mountains, the Carrington Hotel  has created special Scenic World packages, which include accommodation and VIP express exhibition entry and unlimited rides at Scenic World.

Prices start at $207 for two adults or $299 for a family. For more details on the Sculpture at Scenic World accommodation packages visit Scenic World’s website.

Sculpture at Scenic World www.scenicworld.com.au is on until the 19th of May.

Entry is free but you do have to get down into the rainforest, so you’ll need to buy a pass for the Scenic Railway or Cableway, which is $35 for adults and $18 for children.
Amanda Woods stayed as a guest of The Carrington and Scenic World but as usual, all views and reviews are her own. 

Love sculpture? You may also want to check out my post about the sculptures at Lake Ballard, Western Australia. 

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As a journalist who loves to travel and is fond of a chat I'm oh so happy when I'm sharing travel tales and tips through my blog and on my weekly travel segment on Sydney Radio 2UE. When I'm not travelling or writing about it I can be found out and about with friends, curled up at home with a good book or watching an addictive tv show promising I'll stop after one more episode. Amanda on Google +

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  1. Fantastic! It all reminds me that last time I was scared rigid by the Scenic Railway dropping me into the depths of the rainforest was WAAAAAY too long ago!!

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