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CEN IND Q1 2018

PROMOTION SPICERS

PROMOTION SPICERS RETREATS Recognised by TripAdvisor as Australia's Number One Hotel for Romance, and Number Two Luxury Hotel in the 2017 Traveller's Choice Awards, Spicers Vineyards Estate is the ideal escape for food and wine lovers in the Hunter Valley. Nestled on 1.6 hectares of private vineyard, this intimate retreat is the ideal setting for a relaxing getaway and the perfect base from which to explore the best of the Hunter Valley. Greet the day from a hot air balloon, find your new favourite vintage with a wine tour, or try a walking trail and discover the countryside by foot. The knowledgeable Spicers Vineyards Team have all the insider tips to this destination and can create a memorable itinerary for you. Make time for relaxation at the Retreat with a Spa Anise treatment, enjoy some time poolside or delve into one of the many intriguing books you’ll find in your room or around the Estate – a signature trait of a Spicers Retreat. Indulge in the modern Australian yet regionally distinctive menu at Restaurant Botanica and perfectly complement any course with an award-winning wine list. With stunning views looking out across our private vineyard to the Brokenback Mountain Range, its the perfect place to complete your day in the Hunter. 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW Australia spicersvineyardsestate.com CALL YOUR RELATIONSHIP MANAGER OR CENTURION TRAVEL SERVICE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Art & Design A CLOSE-UP ON THE ARTISTS, ARTISANS AND ARCHITECTS ENLIVENING OUR WORLD PHOTO GIANFRANCO GORGONI. UGO RONDINONE: SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, 2016. COURTESY OF ART PRODUCTION FUND AND NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART. CULTURAL CACHET Alfresco Appeal The multi-hued stacks of Ugo Rondinone‘s Seven Magic Mountains, near Las Vegas Combining picturesque settings with contemplative works of art, sculpture parks and bucolic galleries are emerging as a new force in the art world. BRIAN NOONE reports O ur cities are brighter than ever thanks to a global influx of sculpture, graffiti and other public art, but increasingly we are choosing to brighten our souls by leaving the urban sprawl behind to blend the restorative powers of art and nature. It’s a combination that has a long history. We have sculpted our gardens to look like paintings for centuries, and we’ve been adding aesthetic delights to our natural surroundings for as long as humans have been human. The growing trend is an accentuation of both these activities – immersive experiences of art beyond the white cube. Perhaps the best example of this art-meets-nature ethos is the everevolving Gibbs Farm (gibbsfarm.org. nz) on New Zealand’s North Island. Owner Alan Gibbs has given an open brief to global artists ranging from Anish Kapoor to Richard Serra to create whatever their vision compels them to make – often on a monumental scale and all financed by Gibbs himself. It is accessible only by appointment and offers a truly singular experience with both art and nature. CENTURION-MAGAZINE.COM 49

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