Internationally, outdoor sculpture parks are well established concepts attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. In time it is hoped that Heirisson Island will be among the most popular sculpture parks on the international arts tourism trail.
There is no sculpture park in Australia of the scale envisaged for Heirisson Island. Its location alone in the centre of the river, within the heart of a major city, will ensure that Heirisson Island is like no other sculpture park in the world.
In Australia the enormous success of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi in Sydney, and more recently at Cottesloe in Perth, has clearly demonstrated people's interest in viewing art in exciting outdoor locations.
Explore other sculpture parks around the world by using the links below.
This sculpture collection is displayed over 16 hectares of bush and landscaped gardens showcasing over 70 works by prominent Australian sculptors including Rick Amor, Peter Corlett, Robert Owen, Lisa Roet and Ken Unsworth.
Environmental Sculpture Park
Yarra River, Melbourne
Accessible only by boat, this informal parkland is home to unique works created using natural materials found on the island.
St. Louis, Missouri
Nearly 30 hectares of land was gifted to the people of St. Louis by Mrs. Henry Laumeier to develop into the now internationally-recognised open-air museum.
With approximately 75 artworks at any given time, this large-scale, outdoor and contemporary sculpture park is constantly changing exhibitions for more than 125,000 visitors each year.
This is the world's largest sculpture park showcasing the works of a single artist with more than 200 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.
Kroller Muller Sculpture
In 1961 this sculpture garden was opened to the public with grassy lawns furnished like museum rooms and sculptures created to directly compliment the stunning natural surroundings.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton, Wakefield, UK
Within a landscape designed over 200 years ago as a private pleasure ground, this sculpture park is home to a range of fascinating exhibitions including exquisite architecture and an Underground Gallery that has been cut into the hillside.
Griffis Sculpture Park
Buffalo, New York
More than 250 impressive, large-scale works by international artists are featured in the woods, fields, and even ponds of this incredible 161 hectare landscape.
West Shanghai, China
Surrounded by the Sheshan Mountains, this park is filled with the natural beauty of green mountains, tranquil water and more than thirty contemporary sculptures on display.
This waterfront park is built on an old industrial site in the heart of Seattle that has been transformed into a beautiful landscape that allows visitors to enjoy a variety of sculpture and incredible views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound
Storm King Art Centre
Hudson Valley, New York
Approximately one hour north of New York City, this park is home to a permanent collection of sculptures dating back to 1945 and is known as one of the world's most outstanding parks.