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Exhibition brings crowds to Hanging Rock

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by Eden Hynninen

Art in the Vines, a sculpture exhibition and trail at Hanging Rock Winery has continued to attract crowds from all over since its opening in November, 2018.

Overlooking the vineyard, Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon are 25 outdoor sculptures that have been installed to create an interactive experience with art and wine.

Hanging Rock Winery Manager Direct to Consumer Shane Caruana said it’s the first of its kind in the Macedon Ranges.

“It’s something that has always been on the Ellis family’s (owners) mind and something they’ve wanted to introduce to the region,” Mr Caruana said.

“We got introduced to a local guy Malcolm Thompson who became our exhibition curator. He’s got the know how in that industry and engaged all the artists that exhibit here.”

Among the 25 local and international sculptors are many that have been nationally recognised for their work.

“James Parrett won the major Sculpture by the Sea prize last year – it’s one the most well-known sculpture exhibitions in Australia. His M-thirsty sculpture is here,” he said.

“We also have Geoffrey Bartlett’s work. His sculpture ‘Messenger’ was displayed in the moat at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for about 20 years. He’s got other pieces all around Australia and the world.”

Mr Caruana said the concept is for people to come into the cellar door, do a wine tasting and then a tour around the property to view the exhibition.

“It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon. We’ve also got some picnic blankets and baskets for you to enjoy on the lawn,” he said.

“You can’t beat this view. I think the Macedon Ranges is still undiscovered, there are elements here that you won’t get elsewhere.”

New owner of the Hanging Rock Cafe (located at the base of Hanging Rock) Briony Duff-Tytler said exhibitions like Art in the Vines really help bring people to the area.

“It’s great to see new faces. We like to recommend events like this in the region,” Mrs Duff-Tytler said.

The Art in the Vines Sculpture Exhibition & Trail is on until 31 March 2019 and is open 7 days a week (except Christmas day) from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free. For more information call (03) 5427 0542 or visit www.hangingrock.com.au

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