Saturday, August 1, 2009

Art in the paddock

We have just returned from a couple of weeks exploring the south west corner of Western Australia. When I say exploring I really mean looking at art, the natural beauty - particularly the trees and checking out a couple of the wineries. We were lucky to discover Gomboc Gallery in the Swan Valley.

I was particularly attracted to the sculptural pieces scattered over about a half hectare. Three things were impressive about the outdoor sculpture: the sheer number of pieces; the age of many pieces - the whole collection has grown over 25 years; and the fact that each year the gallery hosts a exhibition of sculptural art by WA schools.

A number of pieces are rusting slowly and beautifully and imposing on the landscape.

Some like this raft of boats on sleeper logs are disintegrating and returning to nature.

Some like this glass disk sit quietly by the creek.

Some create a field of fantasy.

And the biker will ride into action no matter what.

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