Sculptures on the Marsh

The Kimberley, one of the oldest and unique parts of Australia is also home to the Derby “Sculpture on the Marsh” Art Project. It is a public art project aimed at promoting the region's cultural identity and celebrating its unique character.

The Marsh Art is best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset. The 8 locally designed and manufactured sculptures can be admired as you wander leisurely along the fascinating Derby Marsh. The concept is the brain child of Mark Norval, renowned local Artist, and driven supporter of Indigenous Art.

May 2019 was the first installation of the sculpture “Contemplation”. This piece is a stunning example of the beauty and power of art. The sculpture is strategically placed to align with the sunset, creating a truly breathtaking sight. The glowing orange embers of the Kimberley sunset perfectly complement the piece, making it even more visually stunning.

Announced in October 2021, the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley received a successful grant application for four additional sculptures as part of its Sculptures on the Marsh project. The grant was awarded by Federal Member for Durack, Melissa Price MP, as part of the Federal Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Round 5.

The Shire has an ongoing commitment to promoting the region's cultural heritage and creating opportunities for local artists.

About the Artists

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