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Mt Buller Sculpture Park & Award

BY ART NEWS PORTAL | 25-Feb-2013
The Mt Buller Arts Association has announced artist Louis Pratt’s beautiful sculpture Voyeuras the winner of the inaugural acquisitive Mt Buller Sculpture Award. Pratt receives a cash prize of $100,000 and the work will be permanently sited on the mountain, becoming the first piece in the Mt Buller Sculpture Park.

MT BULLER SCULPTURE AWARD AND PRIZE

The Mt Buller Sculpture Award is a biennial competition that invites artists to submit works to be considered for permanent installation in the stunning alpine environment at Mt Buller.This year these works will be judged by Doug Hall, the Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2011, and director of the Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA from 1987 to 2007.

The 22 sculptures selected as finalists are currently on display at Mt Buller until the end of April, allowing resort visitors to view a diverse range of sculptural pieces set amongst the spectacular High Country landscape. The sculptures are featured along two routes - one located around the Mt Buller Village Square and the other at the Mt Buller Summit Car Park - both of which are depicted in the brochure, available for download below and at the information centre at Alpine Central.

The winning sculpture, which will be announced on 20 February, will be acquired by the Mt Buller Arts Association for $100,000 and installed on the mountain in perpetuity, becoming part of the Mt Buller Sculpture Park - Australia's first ever mountain-top sculpture display.

Set outdoors on a year-round basis, the Sculpture Park will provide visitors with the opportunity to view these sculptures in vastly different alpine conditions, offering a unique experience on every visit.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

In addition to the $100,000 acquisitive award, a $10,000 prize is also available as part of the Mt Buller People's Choice award, sponsored by Foodworks. When the sculpture display concludes at the end of April, the People's Choice Award will be announced. To be involved, simply complete the form inserted in this brochure to cast a vote for your favourite piece and place it in the nomination box located in the Visitor Information Centre at Alpine Central. In return, you will be in the running to win a summer holiday to Mt Buller.

Mt Buller Sculpture Award winning artist announced 20 Feb 2013

The Mt Buller Arts Association has announced artist Louis Pratt’s beautiful sculpture Voyeur as the winner of the inaugural acquisitive Mt Buller Sculpture Award. Pratt receives a cash prize of $100,000 and the work will be permanently sited on the mountain, becoming the first piece in the Mt Buller Sculpture Park.

Voyeur is made using laser scan data, software and 3D printing to finally be moulded and constructed in steel and fibreglass. It was chosen from 22 shortlisted entries by Award Judge Doug Hall AM. Announcing the prize, Hall said,“Louis Pratt’s ‘Voyeur’ is subtle, elegant and far removed from being a monument. It sets the tone for what a sculpture park can be – innovative and arousing curiosity.The work is almost dream-like, an apparition made visible and permanent. It’s both understated and grand: and deceptive. As we encounter it, we realise that what first seems like a conventional three dimensional and vertical account of a figure is, in fact, a figure that has morphed into another state of physical being. It evokes a quiet mystery and, if sited, carefully will create a unique experience for visitors, establishing a vision for what is possible for a distinctive sculpture park.”

Louis Pratt is a Sydney based artist and was a finalist in the 2012 Wynne Prize.

The newly established biennial $100,000 Mt Buller Sculpture Award is one of Australia’s top two most valuable arts prizes. The award is open to both Australian and International entries and over the next decade and beyond, will create Australia’s first mountain-top Sculpture Park, with the Award-winning sculptures exhibited in perpetuity in the spectacular surrounds of the Mt Buller alpine village. The survey exhibition of the 22 shortlisted works for the inaugural prize is on display on the mountain until 29 April. The $10,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Foodworks will be announced on 24 April.

Artistic advisor Jonah Jones, who developed the concept for the Award, said “The Mt Buller Sculpture Park was developed to attract more visitors to the winter ski resort in the summer months. The biennale acquisitive sculpture award will, over future years, populate the alpine landscape with large-scale and at times intriguing, at times monumental, sculptures from Australian and international artists. The Award also provides a major opportunity for artists to present their work in the unique regional environment at Mt Buller. We are delighted with the response from artists to this inaugural Award: 80 works were submitted from throughout Australia, Europe and North America, from which the 22 finalists in the exhibition were selected.”

Mt Buller is Australia’s best known and most loved winter and summer alpine destination. It is the most accessible alpine resort in Australia, and offers spectacular views, clean mountain air and a cool summer climate. The summit of Mt Buller rises to an altitude of 1,804 metres above sea level, whilst the Mt Buller village stands at a height of 1,600 metres and is located 248kms from Melbourne.

The Directors of the Mt Buller Arts Association acknowledge the financial support of The Victorian State Government. Under “Putting Locals First” the government’s support has provided the opportunity to commence the realisation of the vision of a world unique alpine sculpture park above the snowline. This, together with the support of Foodworks Mt Buller for the Peoples’ Choice Award and the many private philanthropic families has helped establish The Mt Buller Sculpture Award as one of the most prestigious art prizes in Australia.

Doug Hall is the judge of the Mt Buller Sculpture Award. He is a highly distinguished art critic and curator and was the Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2011, and director of the Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA from 1987 to 2007.

Artistic adviserJonah Jones is an arts project manager and consultant who has initiated and developed major projects including the Moët et Chandon Art Foundation, the Melbourne Art Fair, the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs, and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.