Sculpture by the Sea

9 Nov

One of my personal highlights for a Sydney spring is the annual Sculpture by the Sea event that extends between Bondi and Tamarama beaches.  It ticks a heap of my boxes.  I get a cultural injection through some spectacular sculpture, a landscape hit from the location and the setting of the artworks, plus a great day by the beach.

The view to Bondi and the crowds along the coastal walk for Sculpture by the sea

Each November the foreshore and headland parks betweeen Bondi (from the Icebergs) through to Tamarama Beach are transformed through a mass of sculptural artworks.  The incredibly popular and free exhibition is in its fifteenth year.  The Sculptures range from the absolutely divine to the completely ridiculous, but all are set perfectly along the picturesque coastal walk pathway.

We ventured out on a hot sunny Sunday to merge with the masses enjoying both the weather and the sculpture.  As it was the first weekend, there were crowds.  Pre munchkins Mr Perfect and I would venture down after work and enjoy the sculptures by twilight and minimise the crowd factor, which is a much better option if you’re able to take it.  The Drama Queen loved the sculpture, she fell in love with so many of them.  She enjoyed the sculpture so much she didn’t even notice the playgrounds along the way!

We only managed to see half the artworks, so we will be making a return trip to see the rest.  With over 100 sculptures there’s plenty there for more than one visit!

I’ll let the sculpture speak for itself.

Ayad Alqaragholli heavenly kiss

Wang Shugana meeting 1

Matthew Harding quiescence

Marcus Tatton the ruin

Deborah Halpern Ship of fools

Tania Spencer spin

Simon McGrath who left the tap running

Keld Moseholm rolling pin

Jane Gillings provenance (a gilt frame) and yes, a Drama Queen!

Julie Collins and Derek John save our souls - shared journey

Chen Wenling childhood horizon

Dominique Sutton and Sasha Reid melt

Sculpture by the Sea is on until 20 November.  If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, this may just be your solution!



2 Responses to “Sculpture by the Sea”

  1. Eric November 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Very cool! There is a beach town in Northern California by the name of Santa Cruz. I think they hold a Sand Sculpture Event once a year. Even though these aren’t sand, this reminded me of that due to a lot of the pictures having pictures of cliffs and bordering the sea.

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