Friday 20 January 2012

Sculptures to Reach Rainforest Floor in a Dramatic Installation Process

A 210cm gold leaf chandelier weighing 90kg will be delicately transported down the world's steepest railway incline to an ancient rainforest floor for the inaugural Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition in February.

Convert, created with aluminium sheeting and timber bird boxes by NSW artist Dale Miles, is one of 26 artworks of all shapes and dimensions to be transported by cable car, down a rainforest corridor and installed along the valley floor for this major cultural event between 16 February and 11 March 2012.

Sculpture at Scenic World Exhibition Manager, Lizzy Marshall, said the installation process is a breathtaking undertaking but Scenic World has met the highest artistic, environmental and human resource standards and aimed to be the benchmark for other outdoor exhibitions across Australia.

"The installation is a unique journey for what must be one of the most spectacular entries into an exhibition in the world," Ms Marshall said.

Artists selected from Belfast to Katoomba will be judged for the $20,000 Scenic World Acquisitive Award for artwork created especially for Sculpture at Scenic World.

Expected to attract more than 60,000 people, Australia's only dedicated rainforest sculpture exhibition features 26 sculptures by 27 artists, and a dynamic program of guided and independent tours, lectures and a discussion panel.

Ms Marshall said Sculpture at Scenic World will be an annual event and has already attracted some of Australia's leading art professionals to deliver a spectacular inaugural exhibition.

Scenic World is Australia's most visited privately-owned tourist attraction. More than 800,000 people annually riding the steepest railway in the world at 52 degrees; the highest skyway in Australia at 270m; the biggest cable car in the country fitting 84 people; and walking along the Sculpture at Scenic World trail spanning 2.4km, the longest boardwalk in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sculpture at Scenic World is free with every Scenic Railway ticket.

Ticket Packages

Unlimited Exhibition Pass - $49

Unlimited entry for the duration of the exhibition including all rides, all Exhibition Public Programmes - tours, artist talks and lectures, plus Exhibition Map.

Scenic Sculpture + Map - $32

Valley return ticket on either the Railway or Cableway, return trip on the Skyway, Exhibition Map, PLUS free entry to the Exhibition.

Scenic Sculpture - $28

Valley return ticket on either the Railway or Cableway, return trip on the Skyway, PLUS free entry into the Exhibition.

Sculpture Valley - $21

Valley return ticket on either the Railway or Cableway, PLUS free entry into the Exhibition.

* Family passes are also available.

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