Australian sculpture garden opens in Sydney’s Fitzroy CBD
A sculpture garden in Sydney has opened in the city’s Fitzray neighbourhood.
The “bird lady” sculpture, by artist Franconia, was designed by sculptor Alex Stenhouse, who said he was inspired by the natural beauty of the area.
The sculpture garden is one of five gardens in the Fitzroy district that will be open to the public over the coming months, and is set to be a hub for artists and local businesses.
“This is a great opportunity to make Sydney a more welcoming place for artists, to be able to engage with the community and to have a great time, and it is a wonderful opportunity to do that,” Mr Stenhead said.
The garden is part of the Fitzray Arts District and features a variety of sculpture works, including a bird sculpture, a giant balloon dog, a sculpture pedestal, a fountain, a balloon dog statue and an installation of giant balloons.
It is also home to a collection of artworks, including works by local artists, including art director Chris Brown, and an exhibition featuring works by Australian-born sculptor Franconias, known for her work with the artist George Monbiot.
Mr Stenhouses own sculptures include the “Fozzie”, a sculpture that was created for the 2015 G8 summit, and the “Bird Lady”, a sculptural sculpture that he created for his friend Francon.
“Fozzy was the first sculpture that I made, and she is still the one that I like the most,” Mr Brown said.
“She’s a lovely, soft bird, and I like to think of her as my best friend.”