Broken Hill has long been known as a centre of excellence for the art of painting. Lawrence Beck, a Gosford based sculptor, proposed holding a Symposium to add sculpture to Broken Hill’s art culture. 53 tonnes of sandstone were transported from the Wilcannia area to the Living Desert State Park.
Work on the site commenced in low key circumstances on 1st April, 1993 and ended with national media coverage in the third week of May 1993. During this period the lonely hilltop was transformed into an artwork of international standing and the City of Broken Hill and the Australian Outback had obtained a new icon.
Broken Hill City Council was the principal sponsor with additional funds supplied by the Australia Council through their grants program for developing Aboriginal art.
The citizens of Broken Hill generously contributed tools, scaffolds and, ultimately, money.
Please note: The Sculptures can be accessed by road or a 900m walking trail from the Living Desert Picnic Area.
NO PETS ALLOWED (except guide dogs)
A $6 entry fee per person is required to enter the Living Desert State Park, payable at the pay bay (Tap'n'Go only), located at the entrance.
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SCULPTURES OPENING TIMES
Summer months (Dec-Feb): 6.00am to sunset
Remaining months: 8.30am to sunset
Note: The area may be closed periodically for maintenance. Please check exact closing times with the Visitor Information Centre staff.
SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM WALKING TRACK
Personal Safety Precautions: Wear secure walking shoes. Dress to suit weather conditions (cold weather may be experienced at the Sculpture Symposium). Carry water in hot weather.
Environmental Protection: Remain on walking tracks at all times. Do not disturb the natural features of the environment.
Skill and Fitness Levels Required: Users need no previous experience and are expected to exercise normal care regarding their personal safety. The track to the Sculptures is an ascend and if not wanting to walk alternative vehicle access is available.
Track Rating: Classification 2
Type of Track: One-way return
Effect of Weather Conditions: Track may be slippery under foot when wet
Opening and Closing Hours: Summer months (Dec-Feb) 6:00am to sunset. Remaining months 8:30am to sunset
Distance to Designated Point: Approximately 900 metres to the sculptures
Estimated Completion Time: Approximately 20 minutes to the sculptures
Danger: Creeks may flood following heavy rain
Consequences: Fast flowing water will present a danger
Precautionary actions: Do not attempt to cross the creek when water is flowing