Entrances to exhibitions don’t get much more spectacular than this. From the top of rugged sandstone cliffs, you board the Scenic Railway — the world’s steepest passenger railway — and descend to the floor of an ancient rainforest. From there, wander along a raised 2.4km boardwalk, past 39 intriguing installations.
This is “Sculpture at Scenic World” in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Held over 30 days, from April 13 to May 13, the seventh edition of this exhibition transforms the rainforest into a jaw-dropping gallery. Spot a World War II fighter jet that looks like it’s crashed into the rainforest, as well as sinkholes made with reclaimed materials from a church. “We also have items that you have to train your senses for,” says curator Justin Morrissey. “Some ceramic forms will require a little more effort spotting. There’ll be light streaming through the canopy, and the refreshing smell of the forest lingering in the air.”
This year’s works come from established and emerging local and international artists. An exhibition in nature comes with special considerations — the organizers are excited to share the works that have been created with recycled materials. “We’ve minimized our footprint,” says Justin. “You’ll be immersed in the environment and the art — it’s like entering another world.”
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Three other things to see in the Blue Mountains
1 With panoramic views of the World Heritage area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is one of the best galleries in the region for regional and local exhibitions, hosted street art walks and art markets.
2 Tea lovers shouldn’t miss the world’s largest private collection of teaware at Bygone Beautys. The museum displays over 5,000 teapots — from all over the world — that span five centuries.
3 Step into the world of the classic Australian children’s book The Magic Pudding and explore the life of its controversial and well-loved artist at the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum.
This article first appeared in the April 2018 issue of Smile magazine.