A rock solid exhibition!

carvings on the sandstone arches of the Ross Bridge, TasmaniaIn 1821 Governor Macquarie gave the name Ross to his camping place on the Macquarie River.

Over the coming years, Ross would develop as a town with a long and proud tradition of working with its locally quarried sandstone. The fine-grained Ross stone was used in the construction of many of the town’s buildings, still so much a feature of Ross today.

sandstone sculpture close upOne of the best known and loved historical features of Ross is its sandstone bridge. Completed in 1836 by convict masons and labourers, each of its arch-stones are richly decorated with carvings of mysterious symbols and faces.  Daniel Herbert is the convict mason credited with the design of these carvings and he and his fellow convicts carved the intricate designs using only the most basic of tools.

Set in Stone is a sculpture competition and exhibition that aims to celebrate traditional techniques and forms.

You’ll find pieces by practiced sculptors and complete novices alike. In keeping with the work of Ross’ traditional stonemasons, entries are created using only hand tools. All pieces are in the running for the Daniel Herbert Sculpture Prize and People’s Choice Prize.

Set in Stone – exhibition details:

Open daily to the public from 6 November – 5 December 2021, from 10am – 3pm.

Venue: Tasmanian Wool Centre, 48 Church St, Ross.

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors of Set In Stone.

sandstone sculpting hand tools