Monday, 19 November 2012

Giant scarab beetles, sheep cooking moulds and an enormous red figure talking to a pig!

It sounds like  a crazy nightmare inspired by a late night cheese and pickled onion binge or a so-bad-it's-good science fiction movie doesn't it but I swear these things are real. Check them out yourself.
There is something absolutely surreal about walking through the bush, meandering around paths, hearing birds and small animals scurrying in the undergrowth and then BAM! Life sized silver moulds of sheep. Ofcourse. Happens to me all the time.

On the weekend I took my children and my mum for a visit to the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park in Langwarrin. I have visited before and try and encourage everyone who is able to go and experience the beauty and the craziness of the park.

The park showcases over 70 works by well known Aussie sculptors and according to the website is"committed to the development of sculpture in Australia". They change up many of the regular sculptures and introduce more so the park is always evolving and surprising.

The park is currently running the survey and award for best outdoor sculpture. 

Many of these sculptures do ask you not to touch, so you will have to ignore the shots of my brood clambering over, under, on and so on. As you can expect, the sculptures almost cry out to be touched (or ridden), to feel the material they were  created from and because the sculptures are almost hidden amongst 16 acres of bushland, they feel like they are hidden treasures just for our own pleasure.
I loved watching my children interact and experience the art and I think that by them touching thay can process it better.
There is also a stunning lake amongst the bush and landscaped gardens with sculptures perched beside the water, so the park is a perfect spot for a picnic after enjoying the walk around all of the sculptures. There is also a fantastic indoor gallery and cafe. So if you are in the area, put aside a couple of hours and go and relax in the McClelland Sculpture Park. Be inspired and recharge the batteries at the same time.

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