The Big Hammer in Mudgee
The Big Hammer
Mudgee, a town in the broad fertile Cudgegong River valley, Central West of New South Wales, is home to the Big Hammer. The enormous Hammer is Tig Crawley’s work of art named the “Water Hammer”. The sculptor owns TIG Designs, a Sydney-based landscaping company that builds eco-friendly living spaces in both urban and rural areas in Eastern Australia.
Initially, this gigantic hammer was located at the Fairview Artspace art gallery, which showcased different kinds of art from local artists. The art gallery also served as a gift shop featuring a coffee and cake shop.
However, the 10-year-old Fairview Artspace gallery closed shop in May 2018, forcing the Big Hammer to find a new home. It was eventually relocated to Rosby Wines, 122 Strikes Lane, Eurunderee. Its new home combines the love for art and wine to create a remarkable experience for visitors.
The Big Hammer joined a collection of “Sculptures in the Garden”, an outdoor art exhibition organized by Rosby Wines to showcase and sell art pieces from various artists. The event has since become a symbol of art in the Central West region of New South Wales, celebrating its 11th year of successful art exhibitions.
At Rosby Wines, there is also a beautiful display of art sculptures in the garden. Visitors can learn more about the pieces during a guided tour of the garden and enjoy wine tasting.
Numerous art galleries and museums across Australia are home to some iconic Big Things sculptures, displaying the genius work of art by both local and international artists.
Here are some excellent examples:
- Big Ant in Broken Hill
- Big Pears in Parkes
- Big Bogong Moths in Acton
- Big Headphones in Newcastle
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