Sculpture Encounters attracts world renown artists to Granite Island

ONE OFF: 'Horizon Figure' by Greg Johns in Sculpture Encounters - Granite Island with visiting artists Cui Yi (China) and Lubo Mikle (Slovakia) and local artists Margaret Worth and Hamish McMillan. Photo Ron Langman.
ONE OFF: 'Horizon Figure' by Greg Johns in Sculpture Encounters - Granite Island with visiting artists Cui Yi (China) and Lubo Mikle (Slovakia) and local artists Margaret Worth and Hamish McMillan. Photo Ron Langman.

International artists continue to come to Victor Harbor and play a role in attracting visitors to the region.

This month artists Cui Yi from China and Lubo Mikle from Slovakia visited Granite Island to see their sculptures that are part of Sculpture Encounters - Granite Island collection.

They joined with local artists Margaret Worth and Hamish McMillan, who also have sculptures in the collection, to host a free artist talk tour of the island.

There are now 20 sculptures by artists from six countries across the world, across Australia and South Australia on Granite Island, making it home to the newest major public sculpture collection in Australia.

Cui Yi and Lubo Mikle who are in Australia for Sydney's Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi made the special visit to Victor Harbor.

They were hosted during their stay by local artists and private supporters of the free to visit collection.

The next new sculptures will arrive on Granite Island in early December when the next free artists talks will be held.

Look for details in The Times or on the Sculpture by the Sea Facebook page.

Sculpture Encounters - Granite Island director David Handley said the process for each of the artists who took part in the project included walking several times around Granite Island to get a sense of the possibilities for their artwork and then selecting a site in consultation with the project managers, DEWNR Rangers and the local Indigenous custodians of Granite Island.

"In addition to the artists visiting Victor Harbor they become ambassadors for the project and South Australia.

"They spread photos, as do the visitors to Granite Island, of the sculptures via their social media networks across Australia and internationally. Anecdotally there is strong evidence of a resurgence in visitation to Granite Island in a boon to local business due to Sculpture Encounter - Granite Island," Mr Handley said.

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