At FOREST SECRETS’ unique Sensory Trail tourist attraction, a new collection of outdoor sculptures is on exhibit throughout the month of April. Six dates have been designated for free admission, with a suggested gold coin donation.

Featuring nine stunning new sculptures by seven Tasmanian artists, this exhibition is the third offering from Forest Secrets’ outdoor sculpture trail, and for the second time includes a competition with cash prizes.

The Forest Secrets site offers a spectacular setting, and proprietors Tony Coleman and David Yacopetti have always envisaged it as a space that would display inspiring artworks.

We want to encourage Tasmanian artists to showcase Tasmanian forest themes and at the same time inspire the visiting public by exhibiting their work outdoors on the forest’s edge. We’re keen to promote new and emerging talent as well as established artists. This competition once again hits the mark, with some brilliant pieces by emerging artists. Metal as media, and birds as subjects are themes strongly represented among the ten new installations.

The Acquisition Prize, thanks to generous sponsor Norske Skog Boyer Mill, purchases the winning entry for permanent display at Forest Secrets. There’s also a $1,000 People’s Choice Award, and a Lucky Voter’s prize draw for those who vote on the People’s Choice

Visitors also get to see the dozen sculptures on permanent display or long-term loan at the site – part of Forest Secrets unique sensory trail experience – and can linger by the riverside to try and spot a wild platypus in the Tyenna River.

What: Outdoor sculpture exhibition

When: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM April 1st, 2nd, 18th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Where: on site at 2167 Gordon River Road, National Park (just 2km before the entrance to Mt Field National Park).

David Yacopetti