Arboretum Art Trail to conclude this weekend

Tim Selwyn and Liesl Tesch enjoying the Smoking Ceremony Photos: Duncan Bride

The Pearl Beach Arboretum Ephemeral Art Trail kicked off to a great start with hundreds of visitors attending the trail along the June Long Weekend.

The launch started on the afternoon of June 11, with a moving ‘Welcome to Country’ from Aunty Di from the Mingaletta Sisters.

A Smoking Ceremony was conducted by Tim Selwyn from Girri Girra Aboriginal Experience Tours.

Chair of Sydney Living Museums Trustees and Pearl Beach resident, Naseema Sparks, then opened the event.

On Sunday, June 13, Sparks brought State Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, along to the trail, with both saying it was a great experience and they would love to see it continue.

President of the Arboretum, Victoria Crawford, said it was encouraging to have guests such as local parliamentarians, Lucy Wicks and Liesl Tesch, and Jake Cassar of Jake Cassar Bushcraft, all offering their support to the new initiative.

“Hundreds of people from far and wide flocked to the Arboretum to walk through and look at the wonderful sculptures in the trail,” she said.

Crawford also thanked Arboretum Secretary, Mary Knaggs, who initiated and curated the project.

With the trail set to close on Saturday, July 3, Crawford encouraged locals to pick up a map and vote for their favourite installation.

More information about the trail is available on the Pearl Beach Arboretum’s website.

Media release, June 24
Pearl Beach Arboretum