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21 Mar 2019


The lush Jamison Valley forms the backbone of the annual Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition, and no effort is spared to preserve the environment which acts as a canvas for dozens of world class artworks each year.

We’ve pulled together a list of FAQs to provide a glimpse of what’s involved to maintain the exhibition’s 0% ecological footprint certification.  Hint – there’s more to it than you’d expect.

Q: What’s involved to showcase artworks in the forest?

A: It’s an incredibly involved process. The exhibition must gain certification  

through Blue Mountains City Council, as well as a Development Application, and the exhibition must comply with the Blue Mountains Local Environmental Plan (LEP). The installation of artworks must also comply with Scenic World’s Environmental Management Strategy which was developed before the first Sculpture exhibition in 2012 to minimise the ecological impacts.

Q: What does an environmental plan look like?

A: Essentially, it means there’s a lot of planning involved to make sure the artworks don’t interfere with the natural flora and fauna. 

For example, all artworks must be ‘forest friendly’, which means they can’t compact the leaf litter or soil. Careful consideration is also given to all artworks that are suspended from trees, vines or plants to make sure their weight and shape is equally balanced. Finally, arborists wrap trunks and branches in rubber material and hessian so the artworks don’t come into direct contact with the trees and shrubs.

Q: Can any artwork be installed in the rainforest?

A: Preserving the environment is at the core of Scenic World’s philosophy, which is why every artwork is assessed in terms of its environmental impact. There are strict criteria that artworks have to meet and the Sculpture team has come up with really creative ways of getting larger artworks down into the valley with minimal impact. For example, larger artworks are transported and installed in pieces and suspended from tree trunks to minimise any impact on the environment.

Q: What other considerations are taken into account?

A: Sculpture exhibits must be made of organic, biodegradable materials where possible. Alternatively they need to be inert so they don’t leave chemical or physical contaminants or waste in the valley, and they need to be able to withstand wind, rain, sun and light.

Q: How are the artworks installed?

A: A team of professionals come together to install the artworks, led by an installation manager who oversees a crew of arborists and ground staff. It’s not just one professional; a multidisciplinary group of experts is involved to put on the exhibition, but the results are worth it!