Jan-Olav Hinz

Installed 9 November 2017

The installation of a new sculpture in the garden of UKARIA is always a significant occasion. When Jan-Olav Hinz's magnificent new work Listening ○ Radiating arrived on Thursday, 9 November 2017 – just days after we launched our 2018 Season – it was impossible to ignore the powerful symbolism this intriguing new object exuded.

'To make something for a specific site is like a puzzle. You have to have an idea of what the place should do, what Ulrike has created here – the hopes, the visions. I then have to look to the hall itself, I have to hear a concert, and look out. I see the colours of the landscape – green, red, brown, black. I needed to find a stone that takes these colours in, so Gustav and I went to Wallaroo to find this stone.

But when music is the centre of this place, I also have to think about sound. How can I visualise that? A drop on the surface of water makes waves – that's what you can see. But maybe these aren't really water waves – they're waves that go from the centre, to the world. And Ulrike's idea was to have a spot, and from a spot, put something out into the world. I made the waves go farther out than the piece, so it goes more into the world than what you can see.'

– Jan-Olav Hinz

We toasted its installation with sparkling wine and a delicious home made lemon tart, and looked out toward the Mt Barker Summit under the warm spring sun, dreaming of the years to come. Listening ○ Radiating speaks to the dreams that lie on the perimeter of consciousness – a realm of possibilities that feels endless.



Carving Dreams in Stone

Master sculptors from Italy, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, England, Japan, China, Korea, New Zealand and Australia have carved their dreams in stone when they created another 10 unique sculptures (17–26) at the 2016 Sculpture Symposium. They worked with an exciting selection of South Australian stone, all of which was donated.

It is no mean feat to create a large stone sculpture in 20 days and in 2016 a team of young Australian sculptors worked as interns with the visiting international sculptors. They honed their skills under the guidance of some of the world’s best. These new skills will stand them in good stead for the future and be of lasting benefit to South Australia.

Sculptures 17–26 were proudly commissioned by various Hills towns and communities. These world class sculptures extend the links between the people, towns and regions of the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsular.



Karen van Ommeren The Netherlands

Karin van Ommeren was born in The Netherlands and studied sculpture at the Belgian art school in Brussels. She lives and works in both Italy and in The Netherlands. Her sculptures contain forms well known from the world of geometry but in her work they take shape and start to have their own reality. She uses stone to form a mixture of elegance and beauty and to portray ideas about eternity, our origins and ourselves.

"The sculpture shows a round form with a twisted square. We look through the space in the middle to the scenery behind. Looking through we see our road, our goal, walking around we see a square, a triangle and back always watching the landscape."

Stone: Black Granite from Black Hill, Walker Flat, South Australia

Commissioned by: Klein Family Foundation

Stone Donated by: Melocco Stone


Santa Rosa Labyrinth

Gustav Meincke, 2016

Consisting of 3,600 large oval-shaped pebbles, the Santa Rosa Labyrinth follows a west–east direction, passing through eighteen different turning points which serve as places of meditation, allowing the user to become subsumed in the contemplative beauty of the garden.



Luke Zwolsman

Stone: Kimberley Pearl Granite, Western Australia

Our Founder and Director Ulrike Klein AO first met Luke Zwolsman at the 2012 Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium and watched him create a magnificent portal in black granite, which is now installed in the Bluestone Estate at Mount Barker. She was so drawn to his work that, although he lives and works on the Gold Coast, she approached him about a commission for the UKARIA garden. He enthusiastically agreed.

“The two halves, split and cracked from the one block of granite, curving inward, draw the viewer into the work. A portal where the physical body cannot enter, only light, mind and soul may pass through. This journey and transformation happens also when listening to sound/music and meditation.”

A gift to UKARIA from Jurlique to mark its 30th anniversary, August 2015

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