The proposed Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail, overlooking Hog Bay at Penneshaw, has received $202,000 from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), meaning that the tourist experience on Kangaroo Island is about to get even better.
The Trail, set in 4.5 hectares of land, is destined to become an iconic draw card for locals and visitors, balancing the richness of KI’s wildlife and natural environment with cultural appeal.
The Trail will feature works inspired by the site’s varied natural elements in the form of abstracted and sculptural landscapes, interventions and stand-alone sculptures, with the aim to create a surprise at every turn.
It aims to become known as the premier sculpture trail in South Australia and one of the top 10 in Australia.
Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston congratulated the project’s proponents on their successful grant application.
“It’s hard to imagine how a trip to Kangaroo Island could be improved upon but this trail is a great idea,” Senator Ruston said.
“It’s no surprise that the island’s stunning and unique natural environment, its wildlife and its history inspire artists of all kinds.
“Placing these sculptures within the landscape which inspired them is going to significantly enhance visitors’ experiences at Hog Bay.
“The project will involve the construction of a 1.2km trail, including steps, boardwalks, markers, signage, seating and re-vegetation.
“It will also involve a 25kW solar energy installation which will deliver power into the local grid, proceeds from which go towards maintenance and insurance costs.”
The Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail project has received $202,288 under the first round of the BBRF’s Infrastructure Projects Stream, which has delivered $219.5 million to 110 projects across regional Australia.
“The BBRF is an important part of the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional, rural and remote communities,” Senator Ruston said.