Three public artworks are being showcased in a new video by local filmmaker David Pyefinch that will promote Tasmania as a world-class self-drive touring destination, and encourage more people to explore our regions.

The artworks, which have all been completed by Tasmanians artists, were commissioned as part of the Western Wilds Journey, one of five Tasmanian Drive Journeys launched by the Tasmanian Government in November 2020.

They encourage visitors to take a break on their Western Wilds road trips to see the three stunning installations, each inspired by a story from the region.

The first of the artworks was installed at the Franklin River Picnic Area in 2019, with Nadège Philippe-Janon’s Forest Specular reflecting on the Franklin Dam project, one of the region’s most well-known stories, with a nod to the iconic photograph by Peter Dombrovskis, Rock Island Bend.

At the foot of the Sentinel Range in Southwest National Park, Alex Miles’ striking work, Bitumen Bones portrays the beautiful and often harsh environment of Southwest Tasmania.

Lastly, The Extinction Story, by sculptor Matt Calvert at Whyte Hills Lookout outside Waratah, is a large-scale fabricated-steel and laminated-glass artwork that re-creates a historical photo of a thylacine.

These artworks are encouraging visitors to chart a course for the Western Wilds and engage with the region’s compelling stories – encouraging more visitors to Western Tasmania, to the benefit of local businesses.

Thanks to the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, Arts Tasmania, Tourism and Hospitality Support, Tourism Tasmania, State Roads, and the local Governments and community for their assistance in completing these important projects.

To learn more about the art of the Western Wilds, and see the videos, visit discovertasmania.com.au/things-to-do/road-trips/western-wilds-art/

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts