Sculpture Forest

  • Philip Spelman, 'Tree Hide', Sculpture Forest at Alpine Ash Walk. Photo Angela Lyons
  • Tony Davis, 'Folly Interstice', Sculpture Forest. Angela Lyons
  • Stephen King, 'Grid Study IV', Sugar Pines, Laurel Hill, Sculpture Forest. Photo Angela Lyons

Opened on Thursday 18 April 2024, located in Bago State Forest at Laurel Hill and Pilot Hill, the Sculpture Forest stage of the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail offers a range of experiences at three very different sites:

Laurel Hill

Two large sculpture installations at Laurel Hill, next to Batlow Road on the Snowy Valleys Way between Batlow and Tumbarumba.

Pilot Hill Arboretum

Three very different sculptures, including one by Batlow local artist Robyn Sweeney, at Pilot Hill Arboretum, among historic plantings of a diverse range of trees dating back to the early 1900s. 

Alpine Ash Walk

Eight sculptures (with more to be added) along the stunning, 1.5km Alpine Ash Walk at Pilot Hill Arboretum. Please allow 45-60 mins to complete the walk at a leisurely pace. Most of the Alpine Ash Walk is an easy to moderate walk however there is a short, steep section leading down to the creek near the start of the walk.

The new Sculpture Forest adds an entirely new dimension to the existing Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, an experience that currently includes 38 sculptures across 150km in the towns of Adelong, Batlow, Tumbarumba, Talbingo, the hamlet of Tooma and the three Tumbarumba region vineyards with cellar doors. Situated on the Snowy Valleys Way, the stunning back road between Sydney and Melbourne, the Sculpture Forest is a wonderful addition to the Snowy Valleys visitor experience, with its celebrated local food, award-winning vineyard cellar doors, cideries, breweries, distilleries, trout fishing and walking and biking trails. 

The Sculpture Forest has been developed by Sculpture by the Sea in partnership with Forestry Corporation of NSW and the local community, in response to the Black Summer bushfires of 2019 – 2020, which had a significant impact on the region and included the loss of the much-loved Sugar Pines Walk and Pine Cathedral experience. 

The Snowy Valleys Sculpture Forest has been funded by the New South Wales Government.  Additional funding has been provided by Forestry Corporation of NSW, government and not-for-profit organisations from the Czech Republic and Denmark, and private donations.  With thanks to Aqualand, the Principal Sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi for gifting ‘Folly Interstice’ by Tony Davis for permanent public placement at Laurel Hill.

Stage one of the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail was jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Warning: The artworks in the Sculpture Forest collection contain many unseen and unpredictable hazards that cannot be removed or controlled. These may be exacerbated during periods of extreme weather – fire, flood, wind, and rain. Because of this you are entering the forest at your own risk. Other forest hazards include, but are not limited to, overhead hazards from tree limbs and uneven or slippery surfaces.

All vehicles must be registered, and drivers/riders licensed. All drivers and riders must stay on formed roads and trails. Make way for heavy vehicles. Sculpture by the Sea and its employees are not responsible for any damage caused to your person or property.