The International Sculpture Symposium movement began in 1959 where sculptors from different countries came together to produce permanent public artwork from local stone.
In 1987 the perseverance of Central Coast sculptor Lawrence Beck succeeded in bringing together sculptors from all over the world for Australia’s first ever International Sculpture Symposium.
For this historic event, the picturesque hamlet of Wondabyne with its tranquil water views was chosen for the work to take place. Beautiful sandstone was donated from Gosford Quarries and the sculptures were handed over to the people of Australia as a bicentennial gift from the artists.
It was a great success and a second international symposium was held at Mt Penang in 1988, again under the leadership of Lawrence Beck.
To ensure their safety and public accessibility, these magnificent sculptures were relocated to the lovely Mt Penang Parklands and Gardens where they are visited and enjoyed by thousands of people a year.
Sculpture Symposium 1 can be viewed inside the Gardens while Symposium 2 in located in the Parklands.
Lawrence Beck may be Australia's best-known sculptor. He founded both Australian Symposia and the first Georgian-Basque Symposium in France (1991). His work can be found in Spain, Mexico, Georgia, New Guinea, Japan, France and Nepal.
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