Forest Sculpture Gallery

The Forest Sculpture Gallery is a world class collection of iconic sculptures set among the trees at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Located within the gardens and forests of the Arboretum, and along its tracks and trails, the Forest Sculpture Gallery is free for public viewing, and showcases works created by some of the world’s most significant artists.

Grab a map and take a leisurely walk, drive or join a sculpture themed walking tour hosted by our friendly volunteer guides.

Nest III

A striking metal sculpture of an Australian wedge tail eagle on its nest, Nest III is made from welded steel found-objects, mostly abandoned farm machinery.

The sculpture was created by Richard Moffatt in 2007 and sits at the top of Dairy Farmers Hill.

A Backwards Attitude

“A Backwards Attitude” acknowledges a post-digital and enlightenment age where information is everywhere and the correct course of action is clear, but an attitude of rejection thwarts it.

This sculpture represents a pivotal point in technology, its effects on our lives, and our need to recognise that.  The work asserts that the entire world is available for digital consumption.

By Louis Pratt, Cold cast aluminium, steel and fibreglass
180cm H x 102cm W x 287cm D. 2 x life size.

Louis Pratt’s works are recognised in numerous private and public collections. Most recently, Pratt was the winner of 2016 Tom Bass Figurative Sculpture award 2016 and the 2016 environmental award Sculpture on the Edge. In 2015 Pratt’s sculptures were represented in every major sculpture award in Australia, including the Wynne and Sculpture By The Sea.

Wide Brown Land

'Wide Brown Land' is 35 metres long and 3 metres high, made from corten steel and steel rod. This iconic sculpture is made by Marcus Tatton, Futago Design Studios and Chris Viney.

Based on the three words from the famous poem ‘My Country’ by poet Dorothea Mackellar, in the form and style inspired by Mackellar’s handwriting.

By Marcus Tatton, Futago and Chris Viney, 2010
Corten Steel

My Country

"The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!"

Mackellar was born in Sydney's Point Piper in 1885 and died in Sydney in 1968. To learn more about Dorothea Mackellar and her poetry, visit the website.

‘Breezing in Canberra’ and ‘In the Stream’

Located close to Tuggeranong Parkway, these two Kozo Nishino sculptures are designed to be seen together, reflecting and complementing each other.

Kozo Nishino explains: "I want to create something that evokes air and wind. I would like my sculptures to exist as expressions of the lives we humans live cradled by this atmosphere."

Breezing in Canberra stands seven metres tall and resembles a bird moving in the air. Made of titanium, stainless steel and iron, the sculpture possesses a surprisingly intricate and skeletal steel wire structure, and moves smoothly, reacting to natural movements of the air as if it were a living thing.

Standing 12 metres tall, 'In the Stream' is an abstract design set within the forests near the Tuggeranong Parkway. Made of titanium, stainless steel and iron, 'In the Stream' possesses a surprisingly intricate and skeletal steel wire structure, and moves smoothly, reacting to natural movements of the air as if it were a living thing.

Mr Kozo Nishino, is a leading large-scale artist who has received international acclaim for his public art pieces.
‘Breezing in Canberra’ and ‘In the stream’ were commissioned by artsACT.