Centenary of Griffith

Centenary Sculptures


Griffith Centenary Walk at IOOF Park

Griffith International Sculpture Symposium

Seven master sculptors from across the globe gathered in Griffith during May 2016 to create beautiful stone sculptures, a lasting legacy to the City of Griffith in recognition of 100 years of progress. Working with 3-tonne blocks of granite and various powered hand tools, the sculptors sawed, chiselled and polished for 17 days to create unique sculptures. The artists were selected as among the best hard-stone sculptors in the world, (not many artists can work intensely for 17 days to create and complete a large work). Each artist offered a unique style and personality to the project and developed a work based on their interpretation of the theme: ‘The meaning of water in Griffith and the city’s cultural diversity. These international artists represent the people of Griffith who have migrated from many countries, added cultural richness to our City and now call Griffith home.

The biggest public art project the City has ever undertaken


Meet the Sculpting Team

Luke Zwolsman, an Australian sculptor was appointed as Symposium Coordinator, bringing many years’ experience as both a sculptor and symposium manager to the project. Luke selected this team of expert sculptors: 

centenary sculptures

Pictured left to right: Francesco Panceri, Italy: Renate Verbrugge,a Belgium artist living in NZ: Miguel Isla, Spain: Chris Peterson, The Netherlands: Luke Zwolsman (Symposium Coordinator): Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi: Hew Chee Fong, Australia: Liu Yang, China and Tobel, Germany

Griffith Symposium recognised by ISSA

Recognised by ISSA


The Griffith International Sculpture Symposium was held at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum, high on Scenic Hill which offered a beautiful open studio in an idyllic bush setting, with views across the area and space for the thousands of visitors to observe and admire the works in progress.

The Symposium was recognised by the International Sculpture Symposium Alliance (ISSA), this organisation recognizes premier sculpture symposiums around the world. This recognition is quantified by the calibre of sculptors participating in the event, the quality of the works, quality of organisation of the event itself and how the community benefits from the sculptures.

Griffith is the first Australian Symposium to be recognised by ISSA, the plaque is placed on a the granite boulder near this signboard was presented by ISSA –

“This recognition is significant as it has shown that this really is a world class event that Griffith can be proud of” Luke Zwolsman, Symposium Coordinator.


Fabulous Community Support

The Griffith International Sculpture Symposium was the flagship event of Griffith’s Centenary celebrations, and the community truly supported the project raising more than $200K to make the project a reality. Initially the project aimed to secure 5 international artists and sculptures for the park, but once the community rallied to support the project the Symposium was up scaled to 7 artists and time was also extended to 17 days.

Businesses, families, organisations and individuals all made a contribution towards the project to create the sculptures and to creatively landscape a park fit to permanently house such beautiful stone works.


Centenary Sculptures - Permanent Location

IOOF Park was chosen as the ideal site, extending the City Park precinct along Kookora Street, and sitting beside the main canal, the lifeblood of the City.  This Park, adjacent to a major arterial through the City, draws much attention from passing traffic and has become a key attraction for both locals and visitors. The Park is now home to the seven magnificent sculptures, including signage, mounds and lighting. These images were captured at the launch of the Centenary Sculptures, which was attended by well over 1000 people with fireworks to conclude the momentous occasion.


Left to right:Tobel, Eternity - Patron  JJA (Jim) & Elva McWilliam and family Douglas, Greg & Kim

Panceri, Solido Grigio Silenzio - Patron Flavourtech

Peterson, Black Moon Trickle - Patron Casella Family Brands


 Yang, River - Patrons Keith Gill Motors, Owen Motor Group, Dom's Motors, Leo Franco Motors & Griffith Motor Group

Fong, Water is the Driver of Nature - Patron De Bortoli Wines

Isla, Nexus - Patrons D&S Bartter, R Dalla & Family, Combined Rotary Clubs of Griffith, Griffith Bricks & Pavers, Griffith Lions Club, D McCleary, KDM McWilliam, My Credit Union, Pinnacle HPC Accountants, J Scremin & Family

Verbrugge, Wine & Orange Blossom - Patron Steggles


Group shot, Noel Hicks, Luke Zwolsman, Mayor John Dal Broi, Allan Smith & Council General Manager Brett Stonestreet




View the Television Commercial for the International Symposium here:

WIN New Riverina Segment

Griffith 2016 Logo