| SCULPTORS: MELIESA JUDGE & WILL KUIPER
Linde Reserve and Dunston Grove
Sculpture park in Payneham, S.A.

Sculpture, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Tree Spirits. Sculpture by Meliesa Judge
Sculpture, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Tree Spirits. Sculpture by Meliesa Judge, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Happy Cat. Sculpture by Will Kuiper, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Happy Cat. Sculpture by Will Kuiper
Happy Cat. Sculpture by Will Kuiper, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Happy Cat. Sculpture by Will Kuiper
Spider Sculpture by Will Kuiper, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Spider. Sculpture by Will Kuiper
Serena. Tawny Frogmouth Sculpture by Will Kuiper, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Serena. Tawny Frogmouth Sculpture by Will Kuiper
Serena. Tawny Frogmouth Sculpture by Will Kuiper, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Serena. Tawny Frogmouth Sculpture by Will Kuiper
Serena. Tawny Frogmouth Sculpture by Will Kuiper, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Happy Cat. Sculpture by Will Kuiper, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Howling Wolf and Tuning Fork. Sculpture by Will Kuiper, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Howling Wolf and Tuning Fork. Sculpture by Will Kuiper
Howling Wolf and Tuning Fork. Sculpture by Will Kuiper, Linde Reserve, NPSP
Howling Wolf and Tuning Fork. Sculpture by Will Kuiper

A major series of large sculptural elements create an interpretive dialogue in the park engaging strongly with the significant history and cultural heritage of the area as well as with the environment. Eleven bronzes distributed as eight Sculptures include tableaus of figures, abstracted elements, and oversized creatures.

European settlement by German speaking people saw this district of Stepney subdivided for horticulture as early as 1843. Settlement followed the course of Second Creek. In its early years Stepney village attracted a predominantly German community, many highly educated professionals, wealthy merchants and businessmen. The settlement soon comprised many essential trades; cabinet makers, saddlers, cobblers, coach-builders, winemakers, a distiller, a coppersmith, an instrument maker, a printer, cheese-maker, tailor, milliner, a dance master and gym teacher, a music teacher, a botanist and anthropologist, a jeweler and goldsmith. They established every kind of small trade and shop as well as two schools, and a hospital.

Matilda's playground is named for Matilda Piper (1826-1905) who ran a private school here for over half a century, educating the children of the local gentry. Adelaide Artist, Hans Heyson was one of her pupils. The playground area in the park embraces the German cultural theme of fantasy and creative play. One of Will's signature series of Howling Wolves recognises the old world of German folklore. It is presented in the artist's original configuration, with a large Tuning fork. The Tuning fork is an acknowledgement of the first music school in South Australia. The folkloric theme continues with a curled cat, one of the introduced domestic species that came with the settlers; a giant spider, designed for the site and suspended high in a tree over the children’s playground; and finally, and more discrete, Tree Spirits embedded in a nearby tree.

The Owlpole in the nearby gardens reflects the shared cultural symbols of Pre-European and European cultures. It is an oversized tawny frogmouth, a ghostly white on a curved totemic pole. The bronze Waterbirds in the redeveloped creek-bed represent the riverine environment of the rich and fertile Adelaide plains.

The German Heritage Commemorative Sculpture completes the viewers dialogue with the history and culture of the area.

The Park is named for two important people in South Australia's history; Hakan Linde (1845-1887) a leading citizen transformed Stepney's Phoenix Distillery into on of South Australia's most successful export wine business.

Historical and cultural information referenced here have been kindly provided by Historian Denise Schumann.

The Linde Reserve Project: Dunstone Grove and Linde Reserve, Nelson St, Stepney. South Australia

 
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