UNEARTHING A LITTLE-KNOWN AUSTRALIAN TREASURE

Robert Klippel: Number 751

Robert Klippel: Number 751

Tucked away behind the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra is a little gem too few people seem to find.

The tourist buses pull up and visitors pile into the gallery itself, but few stroll around the back to the Sculpture Garden, where between the lawns, the lakes, the eucalypts and casuarinas are some of the big boys (notably Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin) and a sprinkling of Australia’s finest 3D artists.

The location on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin is hard to beat.

The location on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin is hard to beat.

Recognise these men? Rodin's burghers of Calais.

Recognise these men? Rodin’s burghers of Calais.

Henry Moore's Hill Arches.

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches.

Bert Flugelman: Cones

Bert Flugelman: Cones

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

Rick Amor- The dog

Rick Amor- The dog

I find it interesting how looking at man-made sculpture heightens the awareness of shape and texture in the natural world. As we strolled in the sculpture garden, cameras in hand, we couldn’t resist pointing them at the plants too.

I may not know much about trees, but I know what I like.

I may not know much about botany, but I know what I like.

I think it's a juvenile blue gum leaf, but I may be wrong.

I think it’s a juvenile blue gum leaf, but I may be wrong. A rose by any name…

Entry to the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden is free.

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11 responses to “UNEARTHING A LITTLE-KNOWN AUSTRALIAN TREASURE

  1. Rob

    And the restaurant is still there? With the wonderful water feature, heads in the pond, mist rising dramatically throughout lunch? Best dining experience in the capital!

  2. Wow… I must make a trip to Canberra! I love Rodin, and would love to see his burghers Downunder.

  3. Sorry I missed the sculpture garden. Maybe it is time for a return visit.

  4. One of my favourite day trips from Sydney was to head to Canberra to the National Gallery, my friends and I would pack a picnic and sit in the gardens around the gallery and we loved exploring the sculpture garden. I love these photos, they remind me of some very happy moments, thank you.

  5. I love sculpture gardens, such a cool idea. But how on earth do they transport these things, sometimes halfway around the world, without breaking anything?

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