Over the last seven years we have been planning the project, developing a business plan, applying for grants and generally seeking support for the project.
In 2013 Forbes Services Memorial Club established an annual sculpture competition, ‘Sculpture Forbes’, for judging and exhibition during the month of October. In 2014 Forbes Arts Society joined the Club and with the support of the Forbes Shire Council and the community, established within the Sculpture Forbes competition, an ‘acquisition prize’ valued at $20,000.
In 2014 Ingrid Morley's 'Shadows on the Landing' was the inaugral winner and is installed in Wheogo Park. Harrie Fasher's "Bird & I" was the popular winner in 2015 and can be found in the garden courtyard area of the Council Chambers. Damian Vick was the 2016 recipient with his sculpture 'The Hunter', at present in the Albion Art Park, scheduled to go out to the Bird Hide on the edge of town.
In 2017, due to insufficient entries the competition was deferred and the allocated funds, with help from Forbes Associated Agents enabled the committee to purchase two new bronze dog sculptures which have been placed in the CBD.
From little things, big things grow. A large valuable bronze has been gifted to the town by well known Sydney sculptors, Gillie & Marc Schattner. $10,000 has been pledged privately for transport and installation of a large sculpture. The Bull by Andy Scott has been loaned to the town by the Kahlbetzer family; In 2016 His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d),
Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley became patrons
of the SDL Sculpture Project.
The community continues to support the project and in 2017 Grazing Down the Lachlan was established as a fundraiser for the project. It has been an outstanding success with Evolution Mining coming on board injecting significant funding.
In November 2019 Grazing won Gold at the NSW Tourism Awards and
the piece de resistance has been a grant of $5.7 million from the NSW Government to allow us to complete the trail by 2022. MORE