Sculptures at Sawmillers Reserve, Sydney

Dates: 19-27 February 2022

Venue: Sawmillers Reserve at McMahons Point, Sydney

Cost: Free

 

Sculptures at Sawmillers Reserve is open to the public from 19 to 27 February 2022. It is a McMahons Point community initiative supported by the North Sydney council. This awesome outdoor exhibit features 58 works selected from out of over 100 entries. 

 

I attended the opening event on Saturday 19 February 2022 officially opened by the Governor of New South Wales, Margaret Beazley. I was grateful to have the opportunity of photographing her and Zoe Baker (mayor of North Sydney) on this day.
Margaret Beazley and Zoe Baker at the official opening of Sculptures at Sawmillers Reserve in McMahons Point, Sydney

Above: NSW Governor General Margaret Beazley and North Sydney mayor Zoe Baker.

The exhibition is initiated and managed by Cultural Management Consultant and long-term McMahons Point resident, Elsa Atkin. I photographed her with Zoe Baker as shown below.
Cultural Management Consultant Elsa Atkin and North Sydney mayor Zoe Baker present Sculptures at Sawmillers Reserve, Sydney
Above: Elsa Atkin and Zoe Baker present at Sculptures at Sawmillers.

I also happened to photograph Wendy Whiteley, wife of famed Australian artist Brett Whiteley. I loved capturing her in her very bohemian look.
Wendy Whiteley, wife of Australian artist Brett Whiteley, at Sculptures at Sawmillers Reserve, Sydney

Above: Wendy Whiteley at Sculptures at Sawmillers Reserve, Sydney.

It was also wonderful to see Trent Zimmerman, Member of Parliament for North Sydney, at this official opening event. 
Trent Zimmerman, MP of North Sydney, at Sculptures at Sawmillers Reserve in Sydney

Above: Trent Zimmerman, Member of Parliament for North Sydney, at Sculptures at Sawmilllers Reserve, Sydney.

Seeing the drummers in action was also great fun too. Listening to the drum beats reminds me of the drummers at the lion dances for Chinese New Year.

Drummers playing at the official opening of Sculptures at Sawmillers Reserve in Sydney

I also love photographing people from a different perspective. I captured this with my camera looking down while standing on the steps at the reserve.

VIP people at the official opening of Sculptures at Sawmillers Reserve in McMahons Point, Sydney
Above: VIP people at the opening of Sculptures at Sawmillers.                                                          

 

Award-winning entries at the Sawmillers Reserve Sculpture Exhibition

'Anatomy' by James Rogers
Sculptor James Rogers 'Anatomy' at the Sawmillers Reserve Sculpture Exhibition in McMahons Point, Sydney

This sculpture is made out of waxed steel. I love how this brown sculpture contrasts nicely with the blues and greens. It's great having the sailing boats and local trees in the background. 

'A Bagful of Memories' by Willemina Villari
Willemina Villari's sculpture 'A Bagful of Memories' at the Sawmillers Reserve Sculpture Exhibition at McMahons Point, Sydney

This sculpture is made from wire. I love seeing the sailing boats in the background with the skyscrapers. It really gives a local feel of this sculpture exhibition, as opposed to the more famous 'Sculptures by the Sea' at Bondi. 

'Held' by Harrie Fasher
Harrie Fisher's sculpture 'Held' at the Sawmillers Reserve Sculpture Exhibition at McMahons Point, Sydney

The geometric structure of this concrete sculpture reminds me of doing tangrams and origami at school. Notice the beautiful soft shadow cast on the surface. The bark on the ground and trees in the background gives this sculpture a more natural look.  

 

Having seen Nicole de Mestre's 'Encrusted', I thought it was cool to see the fan guards featured on the rusty-looking shipwreck. It somehow reminds me of fish scales. 

I love seeing this ship contrasted against the clear blue skies, local greenery and the urban architecture. Notice Blues Point Tower in this image. 

 

I also thought these sculptures in the image below complement nicely with the boardwalk, blue skies and trees. 
Sculptures on the boardwalk at Sawmillers Reserve, McMahons Point in Sydney

Getting to Sawmillers Reserve in McMahons Point, Sydney

Walk 10 minutes via Blues Point Road from North Sydney station or 10 minutes from McMahons Point ferry wharf. Access points to the reserve include Munro, French and West Crescent St. Limited street parking available in surrounding streets.  

 

About Sawmillers Reserve

Sawmillers Reserve is one of North Sydney's best-known off-the-beaten-track. Walk down the steps and see the beautiful view of the harbour and old shipwreck located next to the sandstone wall off Berry's Bay. This reserve is the site of former sawmill operated by John W. Eaton Ltd timber merchants. The sawmill moved to this site after setting up the North Sydney railway station in 1880. This former timber yard had its own powerhouse, sawmills, engineers shop, joinery shop, blacksmith shop and its own wharf and crane to unload timber from smaller vessels.

 

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About Let There Be Life Photo

Karen is the creative founder and photographer of Let There Be Life Photo. She loves capturing Sydney and creating happy memories for lovers of Sydney. She turns beautiful images into wall art prints for Sydney lovers. Check out more of her Sydney photos featuring Sydney Harbour, Cremorne Point, Balmoral Beach and the eastern suburbs in Sydney. 

 

 

 

 

 

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