Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail to be officially opened

TRAIL BRIDGE: Trail designer and builder Bryon Buick with trail committee chairperson Jayne Bates with stonemason and sculptor Dave Clarke on one of the trail's wooden structures back in June.
TRAIL BRIDGE: Trail designer and builder Bryon Buick with trail committee chairperson Jayne Bates with stonemason and sculptor Dave Clarke on one of the trail's wooden structures back in June.

The Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail official opening ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, September 23 at 12 noon.

The newly built trail winds itself around formerly forgotten and neglected dune country in the heart of Penneshaw and will eventually be home to dozens of sculptures.

Expressions of interest from sculpture artists and patrons interested in supporting the trail are now being sought by the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail Committee. 

Cutting the ribbon will be Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Anne Ruston, and KI Mayor Peter Clements.

The opening will be followed by a walk of the 1.5 km trail and a light lunch at Lloyd Collins Reserve. Everyone is invited to attend.

Penneshaw Progress Association chairperson Betty McAdam said she was excited that the trail was officially being opened.

 “This unique and ever evolving project will lead to so many positive outcomes for Kangaroo Island,” Betty McAdam said.

“Building visitation, adding to our community pride, supporting business and the arts sector, promoting healthy activity and enhancing the beautiful dune system to name a few.

“The funding from the Federal Government and the Kangaroo Island Council has enabled this long-held community vision to become a reality.”

Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail Committee chairperson Jayne Bates said she was looking forward to see the trail evolve and develop over coming years.

“The first sculpture in the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail is the trail itself. It is a stunning piece of artwork, sculpted and crafted by an outstanding team of volunteer local artists and carefully built by our team of contractors,” Mrs Bates said.

“We look forward to seeing how the trail will transform over time with the inclusion of commissioned pieces from local, national and international artists who will contribute their ideas and artwork to the trail.

“It is an ever evolving project which will continue to enhance the Penneshaw community and encourage visitors to return to the trail to see its new features.”

This officially opening will also launch three new exciting developments of the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail plan.

Firstly, the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail website is now live and ready for visitors.

Secondly, the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail Patron Program is being launched.

Supporters can become a “Trailblazer” by contributing a financial donation between $20 and $1000.

This support will help grow the vision of this unique site for years to come.

Funds will be pooled and used exclusively to help purchase and install an inspiring array of art and landscape features to bring the trail to life.  

Become a full patron of the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail by offering a donation of $5000 or more.

There will be major and minor acquisitions added annually to ensure the Trail is constantly growing with most installations occurring over the next five years.

Donations through the program will help make this a reality.

Both Trailblazers and Patrons will be included in the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail email database to receive updates and information about the trail’s development, installations and future plans. 

Thirdly, the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail committee is sending out its first round of artist expression of interests for sculpture acquisition.

This first Expression of Interest (EOI) is to provide the initial suite of artwork and interpretative landscape features to stimulate visitors and create a process for sourcing further major sponsorship and or funding.

It is expected that Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail will undertake substantial acquisition in the first one to two years.

It is seeking three categories of submissions:

  • Category #1- Donated Artwork
  • Category #2- Minor Artwork (up to $10,000)
  • Category #3- Major Artwork (over $10,000)

For more information on the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail, the Trailblazer Patron Program and the Artist EOI process, please visit the website on www.kangarooislandsculpturetrail.com or email the committee on kisculpturetrail@hotmail.com