artsCape: The Nature of Sculpture


Australian and International Artists, Cape Byron Headland Reserve & Clarks Beach Reserve, Byron Bay NSW


artsCape: The Nature of Sculpture (artsCape) was an environmental sculpture exhibition first staged in 2005 at Cape Byron’s iconic lighthouse and headland reserve. An artsCape exhibition was staged again in 2010 within the beachside parklands of Clarks Beach Reserve.

Creative Road’s Rebecca Townsend conceived, designed, curated, project managed and marketed this 16 day event in collaboration with Merran Morrison and team of dedicated volunteers.

Environmental sculptures were installed sympathetically within the natural environment – suspended in trees, nestled in sand dunes, overlooking the ocean, skilfully sited to show off the stunning natural settings.

Professional sculptors from the region, across Australia and the world created outdoor sculptures which conveyed messages of nature, the environment and sustainability, exploring themes as diverse as flora and fauna, ecology, marine conservation, water, air quality, the land and indigenous culture.

This project received extensive supportive feedback from locals and visitors, made a positive impact on business and tourism, visual arts development and community pride. An estimated  40,000 people visited the exhibitions.

Images: artsCape, various artists (2005 & 2010) Cape Byron (Photos: Louise Beaumont, Tao Jones) produced in collaboration with M. Morrison.

artsCape is a foundation stone in the ongoing development of the Creative Industries in the Byron Shire and the Northern Rivers Region – it exemplifies best practice and models the cooperation and cross sector partnerships essential to sustainable economic development.

Tony Duke

CEO, Arts Northern Rivers