Let there be light

THE Jindabyne Lake Light Sculpture was the "best ever" described event organiser Todd Costa as thousands of Easter holiday makers and locals flocked to the Lake Jindabyne foreshore to view the sculptures on display.

The weather and sculptures were both stunning and the foreshore was alive with people strolling, looking, photographing and admiring what was has become a significant event and major attraction to Jindabyne during Easter.

"The weekend's been fantastic, we have had a really good response from the public, the crowd has been bigger than ever, we have had good sales and everyone has been really happy," exuded Mr Costa at the conclusion of the weekend.

The event attracted some high profile artists from outside the region, including overall winner Jimmy Rix who has exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi seven times, won the Delta award in Wyong and now has the major award at the Lake Light Sculpture.

"It was brilliant, one of a kind, and looked spectacular at night," Rix said when contacted after Easter. He will also be returning next year "bringing the whole family for the weekend".

As well as local creative talent producing some excellent sculptures, having higher profile artist's exhibit will only see the event increase in stature and size in future years with Rix further commenting, "I will definitely be recommending it to others to exhibit in this wonderful location".

Easter has always been a busy time in Jindabyne, but with the response from visitors this past weekend attending the spectacular night time illumination, it is sure to keep building on its success.

With the major awards handed out after early judging, it was left to the public to vote on the "People's Choice Award" by entering their nomination which eventually became a split award, one for daytime and one for night.

Michael Scott Lees and Tom Mifsud won the daytime award for "from out of the dust and rust" and Scott Lees also taking out the night award for his brilliantly lit "Let it Snow" curved sculpture which attracted plenty of viewings across the weekend.

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