You know Sculpture by the Sea and you know Sculpture at Scenic World. Perhaps you even know Hidden at Rookwood Cemetery. But do you know about Eden Unearthed at Eden Gardens?
It’s the annual outdoor sculpture exhibition that takes place among the flowers and plants at Macquarie Park’s popular display garden Eden Gardens. The free exhibition, the largest privately funded exhibition of its kind in Australia, is showcasing 35 art installations from November through to April 2022.
Well known artists will be presenting cutting-edge works ranging from sculptures to textile works and interactive sound and light installations. Imagine giant dragonflies, floating houses, a labyrinth made from sticks and stones, and a 'living biofield' of lichens and tardigrade micro-organisms.
The exhibition is competitive and a prize of $10,000 will be awarded at the launch event on Sunday October 31. The launch begins with a traditional smoking ceremony in the gardens and finishes on the lawn with a Q&A with the artists. The ticket price of $20 covers seasonal canapés and bubbles – tickets are available now.
Never been to Eden Gardens? Located beside Lane Cove National Park, 20 minutes’ drive from the Sydney CBD, the centre includes lifestyle retail, café, display garden, florist, corporate meeting rooms and wedding and function venue hire. The display garden has an orangery, elaborate water gardens, grotto, native garden, forest and woodland garden. Most of it is wheelchair accessible, and there is also an elevated skywalk for a bird's eye view.
During Eden Unearthed the display gardens at Eden Gardens are open daily 9am to 5pm, and you can find a full list of the featured artists on the website.