Run Like The Wind, Gheorghi Filin’s contribution to the Hills Sculpture Trail, is also a “gift to the community of Milang”, according Silvio Apponyi, the artistic director of the Adelaide Hills’ International Sculpture Symposium (AHISS).
Mr Apponyi told the audience who attended last Saturday’s official launch at Milang that he put a great deal of thought into matching artists with the communities who commissioned works for the trail.
But he declared that Milang was the best match between artist and community of all the 26 sculptures created for the trail in the past six years through the three biennial symposia.
“Generosity is something that has featured amongst pretty well all of the sculptors who came and made all the sculptures for the symposia,” Mr Apponyi said.
Joining Mr Apponyi on the guest list at the launch were the Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le, and the Federal Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie.
The Governor said the trail had given the residents a sense of pride in their towns and had encouraged South Australians to rediscover the Hills and Fleurieu with fresh eyes.
Meanwhile, Rebekha said she was impressed with how the community of Milang had embraced the trail and the sculpture symposium.
“For so many individuals and local businesses to raise $28,000 in just four months is a significant achievement,” she said.
“With the Hills Sculpture Trail and similar sculpture projects on the South Coast and Kangaroo Island, Mayo is becoming a destination for public art.”