Meet me under the birds!

Winmalee Village is proud to display artwork from internationally collected artist, Michael Mandelc.


Michael Mandelc has a long history of living and working in the Blue Mountains. The original Katoomba Blacksmith Shop was Michael’s working studio and foundry for many years.  It was here that he cast many substantial bronze sculptures, including a major work for the Qantas First Class Lounge.  In 1996, the workshop burned to the ground, with much of Michael’s work inside.

Michael has been connected to birds as a study focus for many years.  This sculpture is an exploration of movement.  Michael’s studies of swallows feeding near dawn are described in a poem entitled “The Silver Line”. Made from galvanised steel wire and mesh, aluminium wire, brass mesh, nickel foam, copper wire, this is truly a beautiful piece of local art.

“Art needs to hover over risk in order to endure and ultimately break through. With regards to the Silver Line,  my intention was to simply invite the natural world to float in that mid zone just out of reach and form an organic chandelier of movement. The Silver Line is a drawing in space and assembled of countless evolving profiles inspired by the flight of swallows. My chief aims were to create a piece of sculpture that would lend utility and elegance to the community hub. My hope is that the people are uplifted by the work and see as their own – a time & place to say, meet me under the birds.”
– Michael Mandelc

Winmalee Village is proud to display this artwork for the enjoyment of our community.