Tasmanian artist, Alex Miles has created five fantastic artworks to complement the Three Capes Track, a coastal walking track operated by Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service. The track is a four day walk along the coast taking in Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy on the Tasman Peninsula.
The artworks were developed and commissioned through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme – which is the oldest public art scheme of its kind in Australia. The works celebrate the ecology, geology, history and cultural attributes of the area and much like the cairns that guide walkers on their way they act as sculptural beacons and counterpoints to the grand views experienced by walkers on the track.
The artworks are an important and integral part of the track experience, providing an opportunity for walkers to have a deeper engagement and understanding of the area through the eyes of an artist.
The works incorporate elements of the environment with the artist drawing inspiration from wedge-tailed eagles, eucalypt forests, abalone, sea kelp, she-oaks, dolerite cliffs, shipwrecks and whale bones.
This series of public artworks are an extraordinary example of the integration of site specific art and design in a wilderness setting.