Usually viewed against an ocean blue backdrop, a collection of artworks displayed at the iconic Sculpture by the Sea exhibition have moved to a new permanent sculpture collection at Taylors Wines in the Clare Valley.
In partnership with Sculpture by the Sea, Taylors has installed five sculptures located until recently next to Victor Harbor in South Australia as part of the Sculpture Encounters – Granite Island exhibit.
The new year-round exhibition in the Clare Valley gives wine lovers, art enthusiasts and visitors the chance to interact with the sculptures while being immersed in a quintessential Australian vineyard setting.
Taylors Wines has championed the arts for more than two decades through partnerships with the likes of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The winery’s new sculpture collection is a step toward the family’s ambition to create an arts precinct in the Clare Valley region, with further developments to come.
The Clare Valley sculpture collection includes artworks by both local and international artists, including Greg Johns (Adelaide), Keizo Ushio (Japan) and Hamish McMillan (Port Elliot, South Australia).
McMillan’s ‘Bystander’ piece has been reimagined into a new sculpture specifically for the winery setting and constructed on site.
The collection is now open to visitors, with wine and art lovers able to enjoy Taylors’ broad array of cellar door experiences in addition to the sculpture collection.
“We are excited to house these extraordinary art pieces at our family winery,” Mitchell Taylor says.
“While some might be surprised to see these beautiful installations away from their traditional seaside settings, they may be interested to learn that the Clare Valley was the site of an ancient sea millions of years ago.
“Today, Australia’s beautifully diverse landscapes offer excellent conditions for creating quality wines and being an endless source of creative inspiration for these talented artists.
“These incredible sculptures and their new winery surrounds make for a beautiful pairing I can’t wait to share with visitors.”