Get ready for the 15th anniversary of Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea. Starting on 3rd until 20th November 2011 the outdoor seaside exhibition that attracts more than 300,000 people to Bondi each year is back. By Renate Ruge
It’s all so Sydney, art on the beach followed by a swim in the surf and a schooner at Bondi Icebergs.
Between the sand and surf of the coastal path from Bondi to Tamarama, a huge variety of sculptures will pretty up the walk next week. Sculpture by the Sea is an outdoor public art exhibition where over 100 installations of artwork will find spots among the rugged cliffs that plunge into sapphire seas. Among the artists exhibiting in the 15th anniversary of the exhibition are four of Australia’s leading sculptors: Anne Ferguson, Bert Flugelman OAM, Ron Robertson-Swann OAM and Ken Unsworth AM.
Ron Gomboc, Geoff Harvey, Koichi Ishino, Orest Keywan, Stephen King, Michael Le Grand, James Rogers, Michael Snape, Phillip Spelman, Keizo Ushio (Japan) and Vince Vozzo will also have their work on show.
Beginning in 1997 as a one-day exhibition, organised by a bunch of locals, the event is now a famous two-week public art extravaganza popular with locals and tourists alike.
“Art is no longer on the other side of some impenetrable fence. Children, for whom it can be a giant fantasyland, especially embrace enjoying public art in this way,” says David Handley the founding Director of Sculpture By The Sea. “What Australians seem to enjoy about the exhibition is the transformation of something they love – the beach, sea and cliffs – into something different; something that excites, challenges or is beautiful.”
Who knows what we might see this year but quirky displays like last year’s giant hen or the tank made entirely of filing cabinets are bound to draw the crowds.
↑ A Symbolic Inscription of the Imaginary by Nicholas Elias at Sydney’s ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ 2009. The work was inspired by the phasing techniques of minimalist composer Steve Reich.