First artwork unveiled at Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail

The Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail has its first piece of artwork, situated right at the main entrance off Frenchman’s Terrace, so you can’t miss it.

The trail committee unveiled its first commissioned sculpture by local artist Dave Clarke on Thursday, December 13.

Kangaroo Island sculptor Dave Clarke has created an amazing sculpture titled “Red Eyed Wattle Seed”, inspired by the coastal shrub, Acacia Cyclops which is found throughout the trail. 

This piece is constructed from granite, steel and concrete, but its namesake shrub is located all around, as Mr Clarke pointed out during his speech at the unveiling.

This first installation has been made possible by generous donations from Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers and patron John Gamble.

KIPT community engagement director Shauna Black spoke at the unveiling about the importance of supporting the local KI community and art projects such as the sculpture trail. 

 Trevor Jaggard spoke on behalf of Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail patron Mr Gamble. 

Mr Clarke meanwhile is an accomplished sculptor with commissioned works and exhibitions from London to Kangaroo Island and was a finalist in the esteemed Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in 2004. 

The committee is very pleased that our first commissioned piece is from one of our many talented KI artists. 

The trail will continue to surprise and delight visitors with many exciting plans coming in the next few months. 

The construction of the swing bridge across the beautiful ravine is due to commence early in 2019. 

The swing bridge will provide an adventurous and fun element to the trail experience. 

The first round of Artist Expression of Interest closes on January 31 and the response has been very positive. 

The KI Sculpture Trail has received many interesting concepts and the future installations for the trail are looking exciting and inspiring. 

The committee welcome any patronage to assist in future installations. 

Please contact the committee on kisculputretrail@hotmail.com if you are interested in becoming a patron of the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail. 

Visit the website at www.kangarooislandsculpturetrail.com for more information.

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