Artistic Director and Sculptor

Silvio Apponyi OAM

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Highly acclaimed South Australian sculptor, Silvio was the Artistic Director of the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium 2012, 2014, 2016 , creating the Hills Sculpture Trail, and Artistic Director of Sculptor’s @ Crystal Lake symposium 2015 and 2017 and for 2019.
Silvio has attended symposia around the world and has works that enrich communities and public spaces throughout Australia and internationally. His recent stone sculpture of former Australian Captain, SA Cricketer Clem Hill, has been installed at the entrance to the Adelaide Oval. His ‘Le Peloton” is located on the Hills Sculpture Trail at Balhannah. Silvio’s love of nature and Australian wildlife has inspired much of his work and his “Spriggina floundersi” highlighting Australia’s rich paleontological record, from the Sculptor’s @ Crystal Lake 2017 symposium is installed at the University of Adelaide.

Sculptors 2019

Marijan Bekic

Marijan Bekic was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina, lived in Switzerland, moved to Australia in 1989 and has a studio at Wudinna SA. He studied art with a major in sculpture at Kunstgeverbe Schulle Bern in Switzerland. He is best  known for the giant 8 metre high, sculpture the ‘Australian Farmer’, handcrafted from 70 tonnes of local granite in Wudinna. His sculpture “Stargate” from the 2016 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium is installed at the Mick Murphy Park at Nairne. Marijan participated in the Sculptors @ Crystal Lake 2017 symposium creating  ‘Crystal Rose’ installed in Davenport Square in Macclesfield.

Jina Lee

Jina Lee is a South Korean stone sculptor based in Perth, Western Australia. Jina has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Korean National University of Cultural Heritage in South Korea and a Master of Fine Arts from Kookmin  University, South Korea. She has exhibited her sculptures in Australia and internationally and has produced sculptures for public spaces in South Korea, Japan, Albania and Australia and for private collections. She has been involved in a variety of symposiums and exhibitions including the Te Kupenga Biennial International Sculpture Symposium, (New Plymouth, New Zealand) in 2018; the 8th International Sculpture Symposium Korça Park (Korca, Albania) in 2017; and the Five Continents International Stone Sculpture Symposium 2016 – Japan; Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe and Bondi and Sculpture at Bathers. In 2018 Jina won the Sculpture by the Sea Rio Tinto WA Emerging Sculptor Mentorship. Jina won the Peoples Choice award in the 2017 Sculptors @ Crystal Lake symposium for her sculpture ‘Everything and Nothing’ installed in Ern Sconce Park Prospect.

Barry Lincoln

Barry has made art and craft items since the 1980s with a keen interest in natural organic forms – combining his science training and art upbringing He has also worked for several sculptors in South Australia including Silvio Apponyi and others where he learnt to work with a wide range of media including wood, stone and metals. He received the Public Responsibility prize from the 2017 Solar Art Prize Exhibition and was a judge for the 2018 Solar Art Exhibition Barry assisted the sculptors at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposiums. He participated in the Sculptors @ Crystal Lake 2015 and 2017 Symposia with works installed in Macclesfield and in Crystal Lake Park .

Peter Syndicas

Since 1997 Peter Syndicas’ sculptures have been inspired by his fascination with organic forms. His searches specifically for twigs forms that portray a human figure as it gives each of his sculptures a unique duality. On the one hand they are magnified reproductions of fragile twigs, while at the same time they display these very expressive abstract human forms. Peter has taken part in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize four times and was awarded second prize in 2008. Peter has also taken part in many group exhibits including the Heysen Sculpture Biennial  where he won the people’s choice award in 2012. Since 2009 he has been represented by the Hill Smith Gallery where he has exhibited multiple times. Peter has participated in the Sculptors @ Crystal Lake 2015, 2017 and 2019 symposia. His sculptures “Chardonnay” and “Shiraz crown (cutting), commissioned by Longview Winery are installed in front of the Longview Cellar door.

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John Nelson

John Nelson is an Adelaide born sculptor who has been working in bronze, wood, silver and stone since the mid 1990’s, exhibiting in various venues throughout South Australia. Overall Winner of the Waterhouse Art Prize in 2006, John has public works installed in the Adelaide Parklands, in parks in Mt Gambier and Macclesfield. John participated in the Sculptors @ Crystal Lake 2015 and 2017 symposia with his work “Anenome” installed in Crystal Lake Park.Much of his work is based on forms from nature and a theme of “The Unseen” which can encompass quirky and enigmatic subject matter, but more usually means the small, cryptic and nocturnal element of our Australian wildlife.

Timothy Spooner

Tim’s sculptures are abstract representations of emotions, experiences and stories to be told. His work is primarily produced in marble and granite. Timothy Spooner is an artist specialising in sculpture and is based in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. His work has been publicly commissioned and is also held in several private collections around Australia.
• Winner Emerging Artist – Brighton Jetty Sculpture Classic 2017
• Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures Brighton 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
• Sculpture for Interiors & Gardens Stirling 2016, 2017, 2018
• SpringART Loreto College – Marryatville
Tim participated in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 Sculptors @ Crystal Lake Symposia, with “Soul Beacon” installed at Stirling and  “Cube” installed at Totness.

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Ben Tolhurst

All starting from cutting a brick, Ben is a self taught stone sculptor working primarily in Tasmanian dolerite, granite and marble. Ben has successfully completed and installed major commissions in Tasmania as well as private  collections through Australia including, the “Mercy” sculpture located at St Johns Church in Richmond; the “ Sea Farers Lost at Sea” monument located at Dover- Far South Tasmania and a LifeSize statue/Monument of Iconic
Irish patriarch “Nano Nagle “ at St Mary’s College Hobart. Ben participated in the 2015 & 2017 Sculptors @ Crystal Lake symposia with his sculpture ‘Macclesfield” installed at Crystal Lake and his black granite eagle “Soaring Prospect” installed at Prospect Hill.

Quentin Gore

Quentin’s artwork is diverse and draws on his depth of experience working as an industrial designer and his ongoing art studies at Adelaide Central School of Art. His interest in three dimensional design and form is evident in his sculptural works. Many of his works evolve from simple geometric patterns that can been found in nature and often utilise found objects particularly recycled timbers. Quentin assisted the visiting sculptors at the 2014 and 2016 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium. He participated in the Sculptors @ Crystal Lake 2015  and 2019 symposia with his work “River Stones” installed in Crystal Lake Park and “Two Tear Drops” installed in Laratinga Park, Mt Barker.

Sally Wickes

Sally has been sculpting since 2002, while completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts & Design (Sculpture) from Adelaide College of the Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Design (Industrial Design) from Uni SA. Working mostly in stone, bronze and ceramic she explores her love of natural and ephemeral forms.

Sally has been awarded several prizes in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize and Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures. In 2012, Sally received Arts SA and Helpmann Academy grants to travel to Pietrasanta, Italy to undertake marble carving tuition and practice. She has permanent stone sculptures on the Wirranendi Interpretive Trail in Adelaide’s West Park Lands and “Liquid” and  “Dining with the Locals” in Crystal Lake Sculpture Park in Macclesfield.


Sculptors @ Crystal Lake symposium 2015

Silvio Apponyi – Artistic Director

Quentin Gore “River Stones”   installed in Crystal Lake Park.

Ruth Gregor “Sail Away”   installed in Crystal Lake Park.

Barry Lincoln “Rock, ice, water”   installed at Adelaide Hills Getaway, Macclesfield.

Astra Parker  “Awakening”   installed in Crystal Lake Park.

Sally Wickes  “Liquid”   installed in Crystal Lake Park.

Ben Tolhurst  “Macclesfield”   installed in Crystal Lake Park.

Peter Syndicas “Shiraz crown (cutting)” installed at Longview vineyard.

John Nelson  “Hill and Stream ll”  on loan.

Timothy Spooner  “Soul Beacon”  installed at the Stirling Organic Market

Evan Marker  “Eagleness” installed in Crystal Lake Park.

Shereen Rankine  “Ngarrunga – Kaurna woman (with respect)  installed at the foyer District Council of Mt Barker.

Emad El Mairy  “Cohesion”  installed in Crystal Lake Park


Sculptors @ Crystal Lake Symposium 2017

Sculptors in the 2017 Sculptors @ Crystal Lake Symposium were

Silvio Apponyi – Artistic Director  “Spriggina floundersi ” to be installed at the University of Adelaide

Ben Tolhurst  “Soaring Prospect”   installed at Prospect Hill.

Peter Syndicas  “Chardonnay” installed at Longview vineyard.

Tim Spooner  “Cube” installed at Totness/ Mt Barker.

Jina Lee  “Something and nothing ” installed at Erne Sconce Park, Prospect.

Barry Lincoln  “Udder cheese”   installed at Crystal Lake Park.

John Nelson  “Anenome” installed at Crystal Lake Park.

Marijan Bekic  “Rose” installed at Davenport Square, Macclesfield.

 Local Marble

Marble for the Sculptors @ Crystal Lake Events was generously donated from the Macclesfield quarry by Bert Davis and the Davis family to establish a sculpture park at Crystal Lake. Macclesfield and Paris Creek marble has been used in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 Sculptors @ Crystal Lake events.

This marble, from historic local quarries, was used in the construction of the SA War Memorial on North Terrace Adelaide, the Clarendon weir and sculptures along the ‘Adelaide Hills Sculpture Trail’ at Macclesfield, Meadows, Langhorne Creek, Lobethal and Mount Barker.