Early in February we went to Woodend for a meal at the Japanese restaurant, Kuzu. It was a wonderful meal and I thoroughly recommend a trip for that sole purpose. The best Japanese meal I’ve had in ages and terrific service. Including from the sommelier who directed us to a terrific wine to accompany the set menu we chose. Check out the restaurant website here.
We were visiting at the same time Hanging Rock Winery was hosting Sculpture in Motion: An Exhibition of Kinetic Sculpture. This is the second sculpture exhibition at the winery which looks set to become an annual event. Great for the region. According to the accompanying brochure these works are: art that is made of various mediums that rely on motion for effect, making it one of the most challenging forms of artistic expression that an artist can undertake.
We started in the middle. This is our first sculpture; Resounding Blue by Tanja George who is attempting to create an actual place where we can experience a moment of calming sounds or, if nature chooses, a moment of silence or a cacophony of tones. Jane, being an orderly person, was very keen to untangle the chimes but all of the signs warned against touching the works on display.
This one is Bipolar Eccentric by Ralf Driessen. The title references mathematical terms relevant to the geometry of the sculpture. At this, our second sculpture I’ve got with the moving idea and managed a video. Bipolar Eccentric
Here’s another moving picture of a moving sculpture, Rudi Jass, Silver Leaves. I didn’t copy the description of this work, but it was one of my favourites – title, form and location combining to create a very kinetic experience. Silver Leaves
Joe and Jane are here admiring Bell and Feather by Anton Hasell. When the wind blows the feather bends and the twist bell sounds a chord; according to the artist; resonant with the ambient acoustics of Hanging Rock. Listen child, the drone you hear calls to an ancient part of your being. I don’t think we listened hard enough.
This is Future Seed by Adrian Spurr. The bronze seed of the future is sitting on a barren limestone outcrop which itself is placed upon a charred and scarified remnant of Red Flowering Eucalyptus. The aluminium sail reminded me of a country windmill. You will see Joe interrupting my video at the end! Future Seed1
I really liked this sculpture which was too hard to video. Threefold by Nicole Allen, about which the author says: The world is three; earth sea and air. Nature is threefold; mineral, vegetable and animal. And mankind is threefold; body, soul and spirit. So it deserves three photographs.
Back again to Jane and Joe, here admiring Vertices by Matt Harding who was a local sculpture from Trentham who passed away in February 2018. This sculpture was also part of the winery’s inaugural sculpture exhibition held in 2018-19. Clever, and deserving of the close attention being given.
M-fortythree is by James Parrett who seeks to create sculptures that embody the power of a wave whilst respecting his ongoing practice that always examines the aesthetic potential of the circular form. I think my name for it is better. Circles
That was enough, we’d enjoyed the sculptures so now it was time to taste the wine! We bought a couple of bottles of this one which I recommend if you’re after a flavoursome white – I like these blends of different grape varieties.