Located lake-side of the National Gallery of Australia, the Sculpture Garden is a great place to wander around and admire not only the sculptures but the garden itself. Get there in time to admire it before the main Gallery opens at 10am or combine it with a longer walk around the central basin of the lake.
It’s a very well thought out garden which contains sculptures – sculptures which are better placed outside than in. What I mean is, both garden and sculptures are on display. On display are 26 sculptures by International and Australian artists including works by Auguste Rodin (my personal favourites) , Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Aristide Maillol, Emile Antoine Bourdelle, Gaston Lachaise, Mark di Suvero, Bert Flugelman, and Inge Kingalong along with a group of Pukamani poles from Bathurst Island and several slit-drums from Vanuatu.
One of the pieces I especially like is the Angel of the North (pictured below) by Anthony Gormley. This is is a very modestly sized replica, by the same artist, of the much more famous Angel of the North located at Gateshead, England. My friend Sarah from London has written an excellent review covering the original Angel of the North. I encourage you to have a look.
The garden is laid out based on seasons of the year (though autumn it not represented) with a Winter garden closest to the building and containing winter flowering acacias. The Summer garden is the shady area beneath the Casaurinas and near a marsh pond. The Spring garden, with spring flowering Grevillias and Acacias is closest to the lake.
A fog/mist sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya in the Summer garden area operates from 12.30 – 2pm daily otherwise visit the Sculpture Garden any time of day.
One thing you should not miss is the highly political, controversial and poignant ‘Heads from the North’ exhibit. See my separate review.
Address: Parkes Place, Parkes Canberra, ACT 2600
Directions: Parliamentary Triangle Area
Phone: (02) 6240 6411