Broken Hill's Living Desert Reserve

Posted by barbara on February 25, 2012

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What can a sculpture park add to the iconic landforms that make up and surround Broken Hill?

And why impose human made installations on the local landscape? Surely that makes about as much sense as the old saying of selling coal to Newcastle?

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Despite my misgivings,  I was surprised how much I enjoyed our late afternoon visit in late January 2011 to the 2400 hectare Living  Desert Reserve, some 9km west of Broken Hill.

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So what is the Sculpture Symposium all about? My understanding is that the slabs of stone that grace this high point were sourced ex Broken Hill (Willcannia), as were the artists who came from all over. Nonetheless, I was moved and impressed by the installations and their poignant explanations that attended each one.

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According to the supporting on site information, in 1993, a sculpture symposium attended by artists from around the world was held on this highpoint under the direction of organiser and artist Lawrence Beck.

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The 12 sculptures that resulted from this exercise show little signs of aging, despite the ongoing punishing extremes of outback temperatures.

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http://www.genkin.org/blog/index.php/2009/04/03/the-broken-hill-sculpture-symposium-broken-hill-nsw-australia/

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