Plenty of art in the state's heart

Central NSW tourism invites travellers to explore art works

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TOURIST DRAW: The Grenfell Silo's artwork attracts plenty of tourists.

TOURIST DRAW: The Grenfell Silo's artwork attracts plenty of tourists.

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Central NSW boasts an impressive array of visual art.

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LOVERS of art may not immediately think of Central NSW when they think of places to check out some fine art, but the region has plenty of creative talent just waiting to be unearthed.

Central NSW Tourism is urging lovers of all things creative to take a road trip through the state's centre to check out an impressive array of visual art - from murals and silo paintings, to sculpture gardens and open art trails.

Here is a list of some of the most impressive attractions the area has to offer:

Grenfell's Silo Art Project: Large numbers of visitors are travelling to Grenfell to check out one of Australia's biggest new silo artworks.

The project showcases a compilation of images reflecting the local farming industry, including images of sheep, cattle, native birds and Weddin Mountains National Park.

The artwork is 30m high and was completed by Mongolian artist Heesco Khosnaran.

Grenfell's Wallangreen Sculpture Garden: the garden features over 100 steel sculptures which are made from recycled farm machinery.

Grenfell's Historic Sculptures: This series of sculptures includes The Big Gold Pick and Pan - a celebration of the gold era, Life in a Stump by Len Wallace and a bust of Henry Lawson featuring an interactive button with stories.

KING IN COUNTRY: The Parkes Art Trail pays tribute to rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley.

KING IN COUNTRY: The Parkes Art Trail pays tribute to rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley.

Parkes Public Art Trail: The Parkes CBD art trail features imagery of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, The Dish, Sir Henry Parkes, as well as the Cooke Park Mural.

Showcasing the culture and character of Parkes, the trail extends through Peak Hill, Bogan Gate and Trundle.

Animals on bikes: This paddock art sculpture spans from Molong to Dubbo Zoo, featuring 100 sculptures over the course of 120km which have been created by farmers, farmers wives, Men's Shed groups bus drivers and children.

Forbes' Amazing project: A huge, red letter sculpture of the word Amazing rests among gum trees alongside the Lachlan River just 17km from Forbes.

The town also boasts a 1.9m bronze sculpture of Albion Park called Pyramid and The Bull - a larger than life sculpture by Andy Scott.

Utes in the Paddock in Codobolin: A series of ute car artworks set on a 25 acre block, paying a humorous tribute to Australia's love affair with the vehicles.

AMAZING GRAzE: Forbes has plenty of larger than life art to admire.

AMAZING GRAzE: Forbes has plenty of larger than life art to admire.

The Bathurst Arts Trail: A series of open studios, galleries and cafes featuring local artworks from 10am-4pm on the first weekend of each month gives a fascinating insight into the town's emerging art scene.

Orange's Cultural Precinct: Bordered by the Regional Art Gallery, Visitor Centre and Regional Museum, the precinct features work by sculptors Bronwyn Oliver, Richard Goodwin and Chris Fox.

The Orange Botanic Gardens has another collection including Bert Flugelman's Federation Arch.

Cowra Bridge Pylons: These Aboriginal murals beneath the Lachlan River Bridge painted by local Indigenous artist Kym Freeman provide an insight into the history of the Wiradjuri people.

For more information, call 0428-690-935 or click here.

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