This autumn the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail comes to south-west Sydney for the first time.
Twenty-two koalas have taken up residence in the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Campbelltown.
Framed by rolling hills and picturesque garden beds, 16 one-metre high fibreglass koala sculptures will delight Sydneysiders and visitors to the garden. Another six koala sculptures will be on display across the surrounding city area.
Each koala is designed and painted by an Australian artist and tells its own story. Two bespoke sculptures on display at the garden are particularly special to the region.
"This award-winning public art project is a great addition to the Macarthur region providing an imaginative way to explore the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Campbelltown," said Denise Ora, chief executive of the Botanic Gardens Greater Sydney.
"Off the back of the bush fires in 2019, we warmly welcome Chief and Frankie Firefighter to the garden. Their presence is a wonderful tribute to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Pilots and fire services around Australia that worked tirelessly to protect our precious fauna and flora."
Another iconic Hello Koala is on loan from the permanent collection in Port Macquarie, Charlie the Botanic Horticulturist pays tribute to the Garden's living collection and the horticulturists who care for it and is named for the first Superintendent of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Charles Fraser.
A customised trail map leads visitors on a tour across the lawns, specialty gardens and native plantings of the garden to learn about the koalas and secure the perfect snap.
The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is an award-winning public art project curated by Arts and Health Australia Pty Ltd that blends arts and culture, heritage and environmental themes.
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