Finalists have been announced for Wollongong's version of Sculptures by the Sea, with 25 thought-provoking art pieces to pop up in a serene part of town.
Sculpture in the Garden will open to the public for six weeks from March 18 to April 30 in the Botanic Garden with an array of works from local, national and international artists on display.
Installations will be displayed throughout the garden, with the winning work selected to become a permanent part of the city's public art collection and the artist receiving $30,000. There will also be a People's Choice Award.
Before jetting off to Spain for an artist residency, Illawarra creative Deborah Redwood will again be showing a piece in the exhibition: a metal work in the shape of a banksia, made from thousands of nails welded together.
"The banksia cone is a native Australian flower, named after Joseph Banks the famous botanist, and I thought this would be one of the most suitable places to put it - in an Australian botanic garden," she said.
The renowned artist has had many of her sculptures over the years chosen for large shows like this and the Sculptures by the Sea events, as well as other prominent exhibitions around the country.
Finalists for sculpture prize by Wollongong City Council are:
Deborah Redwood, Camie Lyons, Bryn Jones (New Zealand), Danny Ivanovski, Janine Bailey, Juliane Brandt, Selby Ginn, Victoria Monk, Greer Taylor, Anthony Battaglia, Gary Christian, Anna and Michael Rofka (Germany), Tegan Georgette Russell, Ben Allen and Erin Arthur, Susan Reddrop, James Rogers, John Fitzmaurice, Michael Ferris, Malvika Satelkar, Katherine Castillo Alferez, Alice Nixon, Scott Marr, Saskia Everingham, Kirli Saunders, and Robyn Rumpf.
GETTING TO THE BOTANIC GARDEN*
When travelling from the north or south take the M1 Princes Motorway, take the Keiraville exit and follow the signs to the Wollongong Botanic Garden.
There are 7 different entry points to the Garden. Plan your visit by downloading a map of the Garden.
All parking is free.
We have 5 car parks:
- 40 Murphys Ave, Keiraville: 2 hour limit per dayThis is our main car park, and nearest to the kiosk and playground.
- 29 Madoline St, Gwynneville: unlimited public parking on weekends only. Weekdays this is reserved for permit holders only. This is the car park for users of our Education Centre.
- Administration Centre: 15 minute limitVisitors to our Administration Centre at 61 Northfields Avenue, Keiraville can park for 15 minutes.
- Garden Nursery: Located at 65 Northfields Avenue, Keiraville. This car park is open on Plant Sale days only.
- Gleniffer Brae: Located at 48 Murphys Ave, Keiraville.
Street parking is also available on surrounding streets. Check street signs for any time or other parking restrictions.
The free Gong Shuttle Bus makes it easy to reach the Botanic Garden, and links to the City Centre, beach, University, Innovation Campus and Fairy Meadow. Visit the Gong Shuttle site for details.
The closest train station is North Wollongong. Plan your trip at Transport NSW.
Bike racks are available at the Murphys Avenue entry.
As part of our rules bicycles cannot be ridden in the Garden. Please leave your bike outside, or walk your bike if you are passing through.
Wheelchair and pram access
The best entry for wheelchair and pram access is via Murphys Avenue. Accessible parking is available near this entrance. Accessible toilets and a baby change table are also available.
*As per their website, www.wollongongbotanicgarden.com.au.