We spent a recent Sunday at the marvelous McClelland Gallery and Sculpture park in Langwarrin Victoria. The people of Victoria are treated to a fabulous display of outdoor sculpture every year thanks to the ever generous support of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and the Balnaves Foundation. Artists from all over Australia are invited to enter and the winner is awarded a generous prize of $100,000.00. These works are then acquired by the gallery and are used in their permanent exhibition. So not only do you get to see the new work on show, you can see past winners in another separate walk through the grounds.
We opted for a picnic in the gardens as it was such a dreamy Autumn day. There is also a lovely café if you want more substantial fare. Then off for our walk with grumbling children in tow. That lasted one minute when they realised the exotic and bizarre creatures that were awaiting them around every corner. I have never seen my children so filled with anticipation as to what was around the next corner!
Our favourite was a spidery web installation by Chaco Kato. This was truly interactive sculpture! I must say it took my breath away when I came around the corner, just not expecting something so large in the middle of the path.
So how important is it to have art in our lives? Obviously we don’t all have the budget (or garden space) to have great works of art, but think about how even a simple framed postcard from your favorite holiday destination propped on your bedside table can lift the spirits and make your space more interesting. Please visit our Pinterest board, Art in Design for more inspiration. The images will make you swoon.
The current exhibition runs until 14 July 2013 so I suggest you get a wriggle on and get along to one of Australia’s best outdoor sculpture gardens. We are so lucky in Melbourne to have this on our doorstep.
Did we mention that it’s free and you can take your dog as on a lead? Enjoy …….