Sculpture at Scenic World boosts Blue Mountain's visitation
Australia's only sculpture exhibition held in an Australian rainforest, Sculpture at Scenic World, is estimated to have attracted an additional 22,000 visitors to the Blue Mountains over the past month.
Wrapping up yesterday, Sunday, 8 May, Sculpture at Scenic World's boost to visitor numbers supports the event's State classification as an event of regional significance as announced by Destination NSW earlier this year.
With more than 93,000 people viewing the rainforest exhibition over four weeks – a 30 % increase on last year, Scenic World's Managing Director, Anthea Hammon, said the popularity of the event with visitors from all over the world was undisputable.
With more than 4,500 votes received in the $1,000 Carrington Hotel People's Choice Award, Blue Mountains artist Ian Swift, was announced as the winner of the prize at the exhibition's closing function, held yesterday at The Carrington Hotel, Sunday, 8 May.
Ian's work, Drop Bear Training Camp, captured the public's imagination with its comic, heroic and iconic depiction of a squadron of Koalas.
He said the People's Choice award was a special moment as visitors to the exhibition have shown an appreciation for the issues of the time, climate change and terrorism.
"Just like the conflicts of today and the issue of climate change, the koalas represent the challenge in reclaiming their lost pristine habitat," Ian said.
Information about the 2016 exhibition can be found at www.sculptureatscenicworld.com.au