Creator of the artwork Lonesome, Jim Bower, right, is pictured with Byron Shire Councillor Patrick Morrisey, left, and curator Dev Lengjel at Bangalow’s Sculpture at the Park Open Air Sculpture Gallery.
Creator of the artwork Lonesome, Jim Bower, right, is pictured with Byron Shire Councillor Patrick Morrisey, left, and curator Dev Lengjel at Bangalow’s Sculpture at the Park Open Air Sculpture Gallery. Cathy Adams

Bangalow adopts sculpture trail

PUTTING sports and art on an equal footing is the dream of Dev Lengjel, a Bangalow art curator with a passion for sculpture.

Mr Lengjel has been negotiating with Byron Shire Council for about three years with a view to getting solid concrete pads installed at the Bangalow Sportsfield.

His plans have come to fruition and the first three sculptures have been installed on their plinths. More will come later, to form a permanent but ever-changing sculpture walk around the 1.4km walking path recently completed by the Bangalow Sports Association.

"I've always wanted to see sculpture incorporated with sport," Mr Lengjel said.

"Byron Shire Council has come up with the $5000 to install the concrete pads and now we are able to bring in sculptures so that artists can show their work, which will be seen by people playing sport or jogging around the field; or even the people from Feros Village who like to take a walk around the track."

Mr Lengjel said he believed the sculpture installations would bring economic benefits to Bangalow in terms of increased visits by people keen to see an open-air sculpture gallery.

The first pieces to be installed came from Mr Lengjel's Sculpture in the Paddock display at the Bangalow Show.

Among them is a work carved in camphor wood depicting the struggle of living on the land, by Southern Cross University graduate Mel Robin and a mixed-media family tree of a dairy-farming family, created in rocks, camphor wood and other materials by Allen Horstmanshof.

More sculptures are being called for, for an open-air show that will change every few months.

There are plinths available and some trees along the path have been identified as perfect for hanging sculptures.

Sculptors with work to display - "anything from bite-size to monumental" - should contact Dev Lengjel at dev@sculptureshow.net.



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