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"The art in the park" Top 5 Page for this destination Tamworth Favorite Tip by iandsmith

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  Tamworth's contribution to the art world
by iandsmith

Favorite thing: If you like this work then you're bound to enjoy your walk around the park. Silvio Apponyi was commissioned to do 67 works in 1988 and his sculptures and reliefs are a feature as you meander through this pleasant adjunct to the CBD centred around Peel Street and the namesake Peel River the town was founded around.

Fondest memory: Though born in Germany, Silvio Apponyi emigrated to Australia when he was just 18 months old. He hasn't stopped travelling since.
He got his arts degree in South Australia and got a scholarship to return to Germany, Munich specifically. Whilst in Europe he roamed various countries, taking particular interest in public sculpture and fountains.
On his return to Australia he won a number of awards and added to his resume by learning woodblock printing in Japan.
From 1994-1996 he was resident artist at Mulgara Gallery at Ayers Rock Resort.
His work has been shown in such diverse places as London, Japan and Kuala Lumpur and he has worked with many mediums other than the granite you see here. Wood, bronze and marble to name but a few.
In additon to sculpting people he has an obvious passion for Australian wildlife with pieces ranging from kookaburras and lizards to sea lions and whale's tails and 26 of his works on that theme can be seen at Woodville Gardens in South Australia.
Undoubtedly his largest and most seen work though is the giant merino at Goulburn.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 3, 2005
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