Cowra Sculpture Park officially launched

Cowra's Sculpture Park in John Moon Arboretum was officially launched on Wednesday, featuring a number of artworks donated by Macquarie University.

The team from the Cowra Regional Art Gallery were joined by representatives from Macquarie University and Cowra Council to launch the park at the Cowra Japanese Garden.

Gallery director, Brian Langer, said the park's sculptures will add to the diverse collection housed by the gallery, including works from the Calleen Art Award and peices made by Italian prisoners of war at the Cowra POW Camp.

"We now have a wonderful collection of sculptures that we are responsible for and it's adding to the unique nature of the gallery and community," he said.

"The gifts from Macquarie University have made it a really stunning collection and I hope that the community and visitors to Cowra will be able to enjoy this diverse program that we now have in Cowra through the regional gallery and sculpture park."

Senior curator of Macquarie University art gallery, Rhonda Davis, said the university has collaborated with Cowra Regional Art Gallery for the past decade and is looking forward to working together in the future.

"For us, from Macquarie University's perspective, this is a wonderful and important event in our 10 year history of collaboration," he said.

"I was actually a little bit jealous because Brian and his team have made the sculpture park here absolutely shine."

"We do hope to give Cowra another two or three sculptures."

Ms Davis said placing the sculptures in the arboretum allows them to be recontextualised.

"[It] lends them new meaning, lends them new life and has created a new journey for these pieces that we hope will engage new audiences," she said.

"The wonders of public art can never be underestimated."

Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West, said the park will continue to grow and is now a feature of Cowra's Peace Precinct.

"The procurement of artworks in the sculpture park will continue over the next 15 years," Cr West said.

"[It] will see this facility grow in stature and grow in importance from our community's perspective, but also for those who choose to visit Cowra."