Noisy Art

Today was 'Sounds of Sculpture' at Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden, a day when our outdoor artwork acted as a muse for musicians from the world of classical, celtic harp, acoustic guitar, Shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and jazz. It's all part of our Sydney Morning Herald Autumn of the Arts. The group of ensemble musicians above are playing Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' near to our...Four Seasons Italian marble statues, and in the Rose Garden leaving plenty of time to smell the flowers (sorry).

Sculptors were out and about talking about their works: Vic Simms about Yurrabirong, the carved dead Forest Red Gum, and Chris Booth about his Wurrungwuri (pictures below), already covered by kids and curious adults (the gentleman on the quartz stone structure is peering into the slot where microbats enter this 'bat cave'.

And a sculpture without it sculptor, Mirroring by Keld Moseholm, winner of Sculpture by the Sea in 2010 and first of the winners residency - each annual winner of the Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Prize will spend 10 years in the Royal Botanic Garden (the Botanic Garden or the Domain) then either stay a little longer or travel to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah or the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.

We also launched out Scupture Walk Booklet which, for a mere $3.95, guides you to 33 of the sculputres, old and new. Along the way you'll see 'Vintage Views' - wonderful enlargements of classical botanic garden post cards.

And on your way out, perhaps the Rew Hanks exhibition in the Red Box Gallery, including luminaries such as Joseph Banks, Peter Garrett and Bungaree. Oh, and also a nice picture of a Titan Arum next a departing Executive Director.