Sculpture on the Edge promises an immersive experience to suit all abilities

Embark on a sensory journey through an eclectic mix of original sculptures in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Sculpture on the Edge 2023, indoor viewing area. Photo: Barry John Alsop. An array of sculptures in a large well-lit hall. On the left hand-side is a 3D artwork depicting a woman’s face.

Located in the scenic hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Flaxton Gardens is the host venue for the 2023 Sculpture on the Edge. Now in its 13th year, the annual sculpture competition is coordinated by Arts Connect Inc, a volunteer-run, membership-based, not-for-profit group. The 2023 program includes the annual exhibition, workshops, artists’ talks, guided tours, special events and even large-format catalogues for visitors with visual impairments. 

Flaxton Gardens is a stunning property that boasts uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Mooloolaba coastline. Meander through the pristine surroundings where concrete walkways and cobbled footpaths lead visitors to a magical wonderland of artistic excellence in the form of 192 sculptures. These original works by local and international artists are on display indoors in a large, high-ceilinged, well-ventilated and naturally-lit space. The larger sculptures are showcased outdoors, surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens. 

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Art sparks my imagination. Uplifts my soul. Without it, I would shrivel up and become dust. An aimless wanderer searching for that next theatre fix, book fix, cinema fix. My first play was cathartic in reconciling my past so that I could be present in the present.