The Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium Inc. was founded by a group of volunteers in 2010 to “Enrich the Hills with Sculpture”. It was established as an incorporated not for profit community based organisation in 2011.
In three public events (2012, 2014 and 2016) 26 world class sculptures were created. They have been installed in prominent public sites in local towns. The three symposia brought 25 internationally recognised sculptors from around the world South Australia to carve, chip and chisel for 20 days at The Cedars in Hahndorf to create the sculptures that, linked together, form the Hills Sculpture Trail.
Thousands came to watch the sculpting at each event and were inspired.
The sculptures were all commissioned by community and local business groups in the Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula with strong support from the Adelaide Hills, Mount Barker and Alexandrina Councils. The Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium Inc. is proud of its engagement with the communities and the enthusiastic interest, support, collaboration and generosity of the people and businesses of the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.
The generosity of these donors is acknowledged in the description of each sculpture and in addition the logos of those businesses which contributed are shown below.
In addition to those who contributed to specific sculptures there were a group of supporters who gave generously to the three symposia and supported the whole venture. These donors enabled AHISS to stage and manage the many aspects of the project and events that were not linked to creating specific sculptures or funded by communities.
They were Skip and Lil Lipman, Fiona and Hugh MacLachlan, Sue and Alister Haigh, David and Pamela McKee, The Klein Family Foundation and Judi Denton. In addition Hunter Bros Earthmovers donated their skill and the use of a large excavator to each symposium for the almost daily task of moving the large pieces of stone as the sculptures developed.
In addition in the 2014 and 2016 symposia the Thyne Reid Foundation supported an educational program for school students and the employment of emerging South Australian sculptors both to assist the international sculptors and to be mentored by them in the development of their careers.
The Hills Sculpture Trail leaves a lasting legacy of arts and tourism infrastructure for future generations, created with the support of communities and donors and presented as the Hills Sculpture Trail with the support of Regional Development Australia.