Internationally renowned artists blaze trail with world first installation in SA development

Published Oct 2022

St Yves, situated in South Australia’s newest $2.4bn suburban development, has today announced that internationally acclaimed artists Gillie & Marc will be creating a world first, supplying an exclusive sculpture trail that will run through the new 68 ha. estate on the fringe of the Barossa Valley.

Gracing international cities across the globe, the Gillie & Marc distinctive sculptures and major cultural landmarks are iconic, and this exclusive sculpture trail is a major coup for Adelaide and our development said St Yves Developer and Land Vision Group Director Joe Oppedisano.

“I’m delighted to announce this collaboration with Gillie & Marc today which coincides with the official launch of our Display Village and Sales Gallery, with festivities continuing across the weekend,” he said.

The world first sculptural exhibition is called An Extraordinary Life, and will be placed throughout the St Yves development, featuring with 11 different works of the globally acclaimed Dogman and Rabbitwoman bronzes. The exhibition will also feature a stunning new work called They were planting a greener future, and will no doubt be a drawcard for visitors and residents alike.

“Renowned for their evocative public artworks, this will be the first time in the world that these Gillie and Marc’s characters have been exhibited together,” said Oppedisano.

Gillie & Marc said they called the exhibition An Extraordinary Life because the most ordinary things in life can be made extraordinary simply by doing them with the right people.

St Yves is also set to become the vibrant new hub of the broader Roseworthy Township development and boasts a brand new school partnering with Trinity College who will deliver a R-10 school campus for 650 students, plus sporting and community facilities in 13 ha of open space that will include wetlands, two linear parks, 2.5km of walking trails.

The Gillie & Marc sculptural trail will also link to a broader creative space, with integrated artworks and cultural narratives that recognise and celebrate Aboriginal people and their connection to Country featured in our new school, said Head of Trinity College, Mr Nick Hately.

“The design incorporates artworks that creatively integrate and embed markers of local Aboriginal cultures, into the design fabric of the Trinity College St Yves landscape,” said Mr Hately.

Designed in collaboration between Swanbury Penglase Landscape Architects and Paul Herzich, a Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri Landscape Architect, public and visual artist (mantirri design) the cultural narratives will be expressed as enduring artworks said Hately.

“Numerous educational and cultural learning opportunities will become visible as students explore, discover, and interpret them across the campus. Welcome to Country artworks will greet visitors to the school, giving the community opportunity to discover and learn more about whose Country they are on,” said Hately.

Planning Minister Nick Champion said it was exciting to see large-scale investment into growing South Australia’s residential offering.

“Increased investment into residential developments displays a confidence in our State that attracts more investment.

“I want to congratulate the team involved with creating this project, which will help usher in sustainable growth for our State,” he said.

The state-of-the-art Sales Gallery and Display Village, which officially opens today features homes from: Simonds Homes, Weeks, Fairmont, HPG, ABC Homes, and Metro Homes, with more builders to open their display homes soon.