An innovative art trail that will adorn the Lake Macquarie foreshore and create a national tourist attraction for the City was unveiled today at Warners Bay.
The CREATIVE Lake exhibition is a curated collection of seven sculptures and murals that will line the Lake foreshore from Belmont to Toronto. The trail features work by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, including Naidee Changmoh, Guan Wei and Guy Maestri.
The permanent outdoor exhibition was developed by Council with the support of a $285,000 grant from the 2017-2018 Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program, a Commonwealth-funded initiative administered by the State Government to support projects that drive demand and increase local tourism expenditure.
CREATIVE Lake has been curated by Caroline Geraghty, also the exhibition manager of the Biennale of Sydney, and is designed to raise the destination profile of the City while providing opportunities for the community to enjoy and interact with contemporary art.
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said the exhibition provides a creative trail that sets a new benchmark for public art, featuring one of the most significant permanent collections of outdoor artworks in regional Australia.
“It will transform our beautiful Lake foreshore into an outdoor gallery featuring works that will delight and intrigue locals and visitors alike,” Cr Fraser said.
The artworks include a bronze sky pig, Charles Darwin bust, a three-metre high young monk (also in bronze) and fun 3D murals.
The art trail will feature prominently in Council’s new Love Art, Love the Lake tourism campaign, which showcases key cultural, gallery and heritage sites of interest. It will also complement the planned Speers Point Multi Arts Space and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery expansion, which together received $2 million in State Government funding on June 5, 2018.
The artists and artworks featured in CREATIVE Lake are as follows:
- Alex Seton – Durable Solution 2015, bronze sculpture*
- Antone Bruinsma – Beach Blossom 2016, granite sculpture
- Guan Wei – No.1 Sky Pig, 2017, bronze sculpture
- Guy Maestri – Darwin 2017, painted bronze sculpture
- Naidee Changmoh – The Ascetic, 2015, bronze
- Scott Jansen – Toronto 3D mural
- Scott Jansen – Belmont 3D mural
*Alex Seton’s Durable Solution will be installed within the next few weeks. Another of his artworks, The Soloist, is on exhibition in the same space in the interim.