Lake Wendouree will be transformed into a giant open-air gallery next month for the Biennale of Australian Art.
Thirty-six outdoor sculptures will be installed around the lake for the BOAA Lakeside Sculpture Walk, representing works from four well known, emerging and other sculptors from each state and territory of Australia.
The blank canvas of the lake will start to change mid-September when the outdoor artworks are progressively installed just off the Steve Moneghetti Running Track.
BOAA artistic director Julie Collins said some of the works would be in the water, some on land, some large-scale and some smaller pieces hidden and waiting to be discovered.
“Public art and sculpture in the city offers great community access and is really important because some people feel intimidated about going in to galleries and art spaces, but if we can bring art to them people will feel more comfortable.
“Hopefully if they have a great experience around the lake they will come and visit some of BOAA’s other venues and see more wonderful art,” Ms Collins said.
Installation of the outdoor gallery will begin on September 17 with works installed no more than 200m apart.
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Visitors will be encouraged to walk the entire circuit, but for those who struggle with the distance there will be solar-powered rickshaws and bicycles for transport, and the BOAA mini bus will bring people from the CBD to Loreto Point on the lake from where they can complete the lap.
Loreto Point will become a BOAA Pit Stop during the six week festival of Australian art and will be home to a cafe/bar and BOAA Music events.
It will also be home to the BOAA Connect community project, where visitors will be encouraged to contribute to the creation of a mural on 10 giant petals under the supervision of local artist Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling.
The Biennale of Australian Art runs from September 21 to November 6 at various sites including Lake Wendouree, the George Farmer building, Ballarat Welcome Centre and Eureka Centre, and across the CBD.
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