Lake Macquarie’s burgeoning arts scene has received a boost with the opening this month of the eagerly-anticipated public art and sculpture experience – Creative LAKE – featuring unique artworks including a bronze sky pig, a young monk, a dingy, a granite hibiscus and 3D graffiti murals.
Each of the artworks can be discovered in popular locations along the Warners Bay, Eleebana, Toronto and Belmont foreshores.
Each sculpture is the work of established contemporary artists both from Australia and overseas, with featured artists including Guan Wei, Guy Maestri, Naidee Changmoh and Antone Bruinsma, to name but a few. The artists were chosen to entice locals and visitors to enjoy a fresh perspective on the lake, whether exploring by bike, car, boat or on foot.
Guan Wei has earned an international reputation for large installations that combine imagery from mythology, fantasy, history and the present, drawing upon his experiences of both Chinese and Australian cultures.
Thai ceramic artist Naidee Changmoh is recognised for his cartoon-like monk sculptures which represent positivity, peace and simplicity.
Beach Blossom, inspired by the native hibiscus, was created by NSW-based sculptural artist Antone Bruinsma. A celebration of nature and community, each petal contributes to the beauty of the whole, whilst also respecting individuality.
Guy Maestri is an Archibald Prize winning contemporary Australian artist who has exhibited internationally. His bronze sculpture Darwin questions our historic penchant for immortalising the past in sculpture.
On a more playful note, two 3D floor murals were commissioned especially for the foreshores of Belmont and Toronto by a team of artists led by Scott Jansen, who has created a series of fun and immersive 3D images and optical illusions.
Brought to life by Lake Macquarie City Council and the Commonwealth-funded Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program, the Creative LAKE trail builds on Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery’s existing Sculpture Park, boosting the number of highly visible outdoor elements on offer to visitors.