Nestled among nature, waiting to be discovered...
A permanent, inland sculpture trail like no other. Sculpture Down the Lachlan (SDL) trail was the vision of Australian artist, Rosie Wingrove Johnston. A 100km sculpture trail between Forbes and Condobolin along the Lachlan River - a "bush version" of Sydney's famous Sculpture by the Sea. Within months the community took hold of this concept whole heartedly.
The aim? To create an art trail of international recognition in order to generate tourism and diversify the rural economy.
And the name? Sculpture Down the Lachlan pays tribute to Banjo Paterson's line about meeting Clancy of the Overflow "down the Lachlan".
In 2014 the first sculpture was acquired for the SDL trail through the inaugural Sculpture Forbes competition - 'Shadows on the Landing' by Ingrid Morley was the first sculpture to be installed in the Forbes CBD. Since then, nine (9) other smaller sculptures have been added in town and around Lake Forbes, as well as the iconic 'amazing' sculpture along the stock route.
In 2019, the NSW Government pledged additional funding through the NSW Regional Growth – Tourism and Environment Fund to support the completion of the trail.
The 'Boosting the Lachlan Valley Economy Art Project' will see the installation of 14 large scale sculptures over an area of 100 kilometres from Forbes to Condobolin along the Lachlan Valley Way.
The project is set for competition in late 2021.
Once complete, the SDL trail will be complementary to other large attractions in the Central West including Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Dubbo), The Dish - CSIRO Radio Telescope (Parkes), Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange, ‘Utes in the Paddock’ (Ootha) and the Eugowra murals.
The SDL extension is part of the $7.2 million ‘Boosting the Lachlan Valley Economy Art Project’ which is proudly funded by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW program through the Regional Growth, Environment and Tourism Development Fund, the Forbes Arts Society, Forbes Shire Council, Lachlan Shire Council and Evolution Mining.
The project aims to foster visual arts throughout the Forbes Shire, grow the visitor economy and promote the Lachlan Valley region as a premier tourism destination.