Southern Highlands sculptor David Ball has won the $50,000 Acquisitive Sculpture for Clyde award with his circular piece "Fracture 2".
He received the award at the Sculpture for Clyde official opening at the Francis Guy building, Batemans Bay on August 23.
Patron Terry Snow, Sculpture for Clyde committee members, outgoing Batemans Bay business chamber president David MacLachlan and Bega MP Andrew Constance welcomed the event.
Mr MacLachlan said the event was 30 per cent bigger than last year, and thanked sponsors and volunteers.
Western Australian artist, Ron Gomboc, won the $10,000 major award with "Family".
Sydney's Amanda Harrison and "Head in the Stars" won the indoor emerging award.
Bermagui artist, Edward Wilson, and his sculpture "Inner Respect" won the outdoor emerging award.
Year 9 student, Shai Cuthbert, of St Peter's Anglican College, was awarded $200 for her sculpture "Wings" and also won a sculpture to the value of $1000 for her school.
Mr Ball's winning piece will take its place along the Clyde River foreshore.
The architectural and landscape sculptor, of Wildes Meadow, said the winning corton steel work was part of a circular series.
"It's a circle on its edge ... it's got quite a movement to it," he said.
"It forms (what) you might observe in nature, not anything in particular, no representation going on. (It) forms happily in a natural landscape."
He said the the piece was universal, and would suit any natural setting.
"I made a circle years ago that was very large, went up to Floriade (Festival), travelled around and ended up on somebody's property. Wherever it went, it felt so easy," he said.
"It set me off on this adventure of creating circles and I've played with the circle and tried to discover new directions with it, and it served me well.
"There's an endless number of forms that can inspire all sorts of motions. It's just an exploration really."
Mr Ball congratulated the Sculpture for Clyde team on creating the show.
"It's great for sculpture and it's great for Batemans Bay," he said.
Last year over 6000 people walked through Willinga Park, Bawley Point to see the sculptures.
The event is open from August 24 to September 1.
Go to sculptureforclyde.com.au for details.