Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Sculpture by the Sea winner unveiled at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Environment Minister Robyn Parker recently unveiled 'Barrel Roll' by American artist Peter Lundberg, the winning entrant in the famous Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2012 exhibition currently on display at the Domain adjacent to the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.

With Barrel Roll now an integral part of the Domain and Royal Botanic Garden’s already impressive sculpture collection, Ms Parker paid tribute to the modern piece which adds to an historic collection dating back to the 1870s.

'The famous Bondi exhibition attracted American artist Peter Lundberg to Australia and it is our local surrounds, people, environment and his personal experience gained here that inspired this striking piece,' Ms Parker said.

'The work is set-off beautifully by a backdrop of the Garden, Harbour Bridge and Opera House.'

Barrell Roll will be the fourth Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi winner on display at the Domain and Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney:

2012 - Barrel Roll by Peter Lundberg
2011 - Paradiegma metaphysic by Paul Selwood
2010 - Mirroring 1995 by Keld Moseholm
2009 - Time and Tide Granite Monolith II by May Barrie

Ms Parker urged families and tourists to visit the Domain and Royal Botanic Garden to take in its existing 57-piece sculpture collection that has been enhanced by the four eclectic Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi winners.

'It was serendipitous for the artist who named Barrel Roll before he created it - as part of the conditions of entry - to have used an experience derived after surfing at Whale Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches to craft his work,' Ms Parker said.

'Peter later found out ‘barrel roll’ is an Australian surfing term used to describe a type of wave.'

In December 2010, the Balnaves Foundation that funds the prize for the winner of the Bondi exhibition, agreed with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (the Trust) to annually donate the winning sculpture to the Trust, starting with the 2009 work by May Barrie.

Each winning sculpture from Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi will be appropriately placed within the Garden or Domain.

After a 10 year residency beside the harbour, some works will be moved to the sculpture collections at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.

Chairman of the Balnaves Foundation, Neil Balnaves, said Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi has become one of the most popular events on Sydney’s art calendar.

'Over a two week period each year nearly 500,000 people walk the cliffs between Bondi and Tamarama to enjoy the sculptures,' Mr Balnaves said.

'We were excited by the idea of taking the winners from each exhibition and placing them in one location where the public could enjoy them all year round.  The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is the perfect location,' he said.

The Balnaves Foundation is a private philanthropic fund that supports organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts with a focus on young people, the disadvantaged and Indigenous communities. For more information please visit

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