About the Sculpture Garden
Open to the public daily, Newcastle Art Gallery's outdoor Sculpture Garden is a place for visitors to relax and enjoy a selection of international and local artists' sculptures in an outdoor setting. The garden has a total of seven sculptures from the collection by George Baldessin, Margel Hinder, Akio Makigawa, Clement Meadmore, Edward Milan, Vlase Nikoleski and Kathleen Shillam.
At the centre point of the garden is Clement Meadmore's 2.4 metre high Hearabout 1971. Born in Melbourne in 1929 Meadmore achieved international recognition as a sculptor after moving to New York in 1963 where he lived and worked until his death in 2005. Meadmore's sculptures have the unique ability to transcend limitations of scale, where each individual sculpture can work visually and proportionally either as a maquette, at human scale, or the monumental.
George Baldessin's abstract figurative bronze Mary Magdalene 1978 is set back between the concrete columns of the building and serves to contrast and soften the space, whilst Japanese born Australian artist Akio Makigawa's stainless steel and carved carrara marble sculpture, Beacon 1992 references the Japanese design influences of the buildings' architecture.
Positioned in the front corner entrance to the garden is Abstract form 1952 by Margel Hinder, generously gifted to the Gallery by her daughter Enid Hawkins in 2015. The cast concrete form rolls around the black painted epicentre of the work, denoting Hinder's interest in shape, form and sculptural space.
Edward Milan's Submarine 1993 with its bright orange rust patina is a playful introduction into the garden whilst Kathleen Shillam's abstract sandstone figures Two Forms 1958 whisper secrets to each other from the perimeter, beyond time and space. Be sure not to miss Vlase Nikoleski's Skyscraper 1996 -1997 which brings an energy to its quietly contained corner site.
In foreground: Kathleen SHILLAM Two forms (Figure II) 1958 (detail) 65.4 x 21.0 x 22.2cm each Purchased 1959
Background left: Akio MAKIGAWA Beacon 1 1992 white Carrara marble, stainless steel and gold- plated stainless steel 221.0 x 87.0 x 80.0cmPurchased 1993
Background right: George BALDESSIN Mary Magdalene 1978, recast in bronze 1986 cast bronze 217.8 x 42.0 x 45.5cm Purchased 1986 © George Baldessin / Licenced by Viscopy 2016. All works Newcastle Art Gallery collection