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The third Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium (AHISS) is approaching the halfway mark, with activity at The Cedars in Hahndorf increasingly frenetic as the eight artists from across the world chisel away to complete their sculptures before April 25 when the Symposium ends.

Among them is Chinese sculptor Lui Yang, who we’re delighted to have commissioned to create a work of art made from Sellicks Hill marble that will enjoy pride of place at Newenham.

But what exactly is the AHISS, you may ask?

It is an incorporated not-for-profit community-based organisation formed in 2011 to develop an exciting arts initiative for the region.  The project started in 2012 when eight acclaimed sculptors from around the world came together in the Adelaide Hills with the tools of their trade. In return, they each created a sculpture for permanent placement at selected sites across the Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

The exercise was repeated in 2014 and now, in 2016, the final eight artists and their creations will complete the beautiful project that leaves the region with 24 wonderfully creative and contemplative sculptures along what is known as the Hills Sculpture Trail extending from Mount Torrens to Milang.

Well, that’s not quite true – there is a 25th work of art, with the AHISS announcing that it has commissioned a sculpture, to be installed at The Cedars in recognition of the contributions from communities, businesses and individuals who supported the commissioning of the sculptures over the event’s six-year history.

The ‘Thank You’ piece also recognises the great contribution made by the Heysen family and The Cedars in hosting the events.

The artists are in residence at The Cedars for the duration of the project, carving their ideas into marble and granite sourced from various parts of South Australia. Apart from a number of workshops, the Symposium is open to the public, every day between 10am and 4pm, except for Monday April 18.

Newenham is thrilled to support this event and we encourage you to visit The Cedars (Heysen Road, Hahndorf) to see these international artists at work and view their magnificent creations.

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