Rotorua’s sculpture trail a “hidden gem”



28 January 2014

Some of the art works forming Rotorua’s Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in the city’s Government Gardens.

Huge congratulations on the Memorial Bridge and the sculpture walk. ... it's got to be one of Rotorua's hidden gems! I'm now suggesting it to locals and visitors as a 'must see'. The Ghost Soldier is my favourite - can't wait to see it when the weather is cooler and steam rises off the lake.”

This is what one excited local resident has written on Rotorua Lakes Council’s Facebook page about the city’s new Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in Government Gardens – near The Arts Village.

The sculptures are the product of Rotorua’s recent Sculpture Symposium which attracted artists from around the country - and even one from Russia - and will now remain in Government Gardens forming the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail until late next year (2016).
The theme of the sculptures is ‘The Returning Soldier’ recognising the historic linkages of the tranquil Sulphur Lake area where convalescing soldiers relaxed while undergoing treatment at the old Sanatorium nearby - now home to the Rotorua Museum. It is also part of Rotorua’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings during the First World War.

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