Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail

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From 29 November to 12 December 2014 Rotorua hosted its first Sculpture Symposium with 17 local, national and international artists invited to create works based on the theme ‘The Returning Soldier’.


At the end of the symposium the works were located around Sulphur Lake in Government Gardens to form a sculpture trail as part of Rotorua’s 2015 WW1 Gallipoli commemorations. The works remained on display until November 2016 when some where replaced with new works from the 2016 ‘The Energy Within’ Sculpture Symposium held from Saturday 12 to Sunday the 27th November 2016. These works will remain on display until the 2018 Sculpture Symposium.

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2014 ‘The Returning Soldier’


Created with the theme ‘The Returning Soldier’ the pieces recognised the historic linkages of the tranquil Sulphur Lake area where convalescing soldiers relaxed while undergoing treatment at the old Sanatorium nearby. It coincided with the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Gallipoli landings during the First World War.

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2016 ‘The Energy Within’


Created with the theme, ‘The Energy Within’ capturing Rotorua’s unique geothermal and cultural environment.