Two years’ absence has certainly not dimmed the allure of the Desert Equinox art exhibition, if visitor numbers and glowing reviews are anything to go by.
The three-day event attracted over 1500 people, both locals and visitors, to the Regeneration Walk on the southern side of Broken Hill last weekend.
Allan Giddy, founder of the Desert Equinox, said that as he and several of the artists were making their way to Broken Hill, they stayed overnight in Trangie and talked to people that were making the trip to Broken Hill specially to see the exhibition.
“The site really inspired us. It is just gorgeous, the work looked so good, and it has gone better than we would have imagined
“We got a huge turn out from Broken Hill people, particularly on Saturday night, when we had nearly 1000 people through.
“It has been a lovely response from the Broken Hill public, we had no vandalism and it’s been a great experience, though very tiring of course, “Mr Giddy said.
Susan Thomas, Creative Director of the Broken Hill Art Exchange (BHAE), said that the event was a huge success and beyond her expectations.
“Everybody was just so happy and so complimentary about the whole event, people loved it.
“There was so much variety of artwork. There was something there that blew someone away somewhere along the trail, it was just magical.
“With art you bring to it your own experience and knowledge, so it’s not like advertising or anything that has this end point and is selling to you. Art just quietly sits there, and it speaks to you, or it doesn’t speak to you.
“It’s up to the viewer, you are reflecting yourself in the work really, and how you see the work, as much as the artists intention is there.
“The artists absolutely loved being here, the comradery that everyone felt working together on something as important as this show was because it was very unique.
“It may be the first one of its kind to be completely off grid, a public show like this being completely off grid using technology,” she said.
Felix Rives, an up-and-coming French-Australian interactive artist, said she felt that her installation went very well and there was a good amount of people that I had the time to have discussions with.
“I got everyone to capture their fingerprint through clay and then take part in making the work grow and I also got other people to capture the connections they had with other people.
“So, capturing two people holding hands by placing clay between two of their hands and that was like a really good intense connection, when people were doing it, they were all smiling at each other.
“All the kids loved it because it’s clay,” Ms Rives said.
Semitj, president of the Barrier Field Naturalists Club, said it has been fabulous to have the exhibition in the Regen area, it has been a really nice show and a nice bit of country to do it in.