This year I planned ahead, and booked a day off months in advance to visit the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. We picked a day just after the exhibition had opened to try and avoid the queues. This is very unusual for me. Unfortunately, it also appeared to be the day that all the school groups had chosen to do the work, so the crowds were approaching weekend levels.
The view over Tamarama:
104 – Fair Dinkum Offshore Processing (Bronek Kozka):
Kind of poignant with the ‘tourist’ crowd outside the fence looking in, and this other woman walking away. I’m sure that the placement of this installation on the end of a concrete ramp, closest to the water was a deliberate statement.
100 – Buried Rhino (Gillie and Marc Schattner):
Against the rules, I tapped the sculpture. I thought it was made of plastic; but no, it’s fibreglass, steel, bronze. Small children really seemed to like playing in the sand mound above the rhino’s “belly”. I suspect this will get the people’s choice award.
87 – Reality TV (Anne Levitch):
This is part of the detail of the reality tv ‘cube’. The detail in the cutting of the steel is amazing. I suspect that a laser cutting machine was used.
84 – Fluid (Norton Flavel):
This one is interesting. If you approach from the Tamarama end, it looks like a big drop of water, particularly as you can see the ocean beyond as you walk up the stairs. If you approach from Bondi, it looks like a big bunch of rusty drums.
82 – Chronic Series No. 1, I(L), 2(L), 8+ 5(L) (Zheng Yuan Lu):
Upon approach, it looks like a bag of rubbish. Then you see the form taking shape in front of your eyes – oh my god, it looks like a body bag! If you’re at the right angle, you too can spot a photographer tourist, taking a photo of an adjacent sculpture, and posing in the same fashion as the ‘body bag’ in front of you!
67 – Naturally Volatile (Elaine Clocherty)
This was a work in progress as we walked past, made out of a swirly pile of dirt, and a selection of Australian nuts and seed things.
66 – Three vessels – Amphora, Pug and Torpedo (Andrew Burton)
This one is Amphora. It looks like these were made in ‘sections’, and then bolted together. It looks very labour intensive with all those little bricks, and piled here and there, mini chimneys. I like it.
60 – After Party (Sean Cordeiro & Claire Healy)
I now work in projects where earth movers are a little more common. This one made me laugh with the disco ball in the cabin and the bling in the bucket.
57 – Big Intentions (Mikaela Castledine)
I have done some weaving, and made a teeny tiny basket. Enough to know that this is very labour intensive artwork. Not to say that the others aren’t labour intensive, but I have more of an understanding with this one. There were quite a lot of sculptures this year which had weaving as a theme.
27 – Place of our Dreams – (The Bankstown Koori Elders Group Inc)
This was quite neat, a “portable” version of the cave art and dreamtime storylines that are scattered over the Australian landscape if only you knew where to look, or had been told the stories.
10 – Weave the Reef, Love the Reef (Marion Gamers)
This was a collection of net, wire, beach & urban rubbish; used to reveal a threat to The Great Barrier Reef. This was placed quite pleasing to the eye, making you feel like you are under water on a reef. There were a lot of turtles. These had been crocheted and woven from found materials. Then, opposite, was the very essence of what this artist was protesting about. Plastic rubbish from a ‘temporary’ installation of bright yellow flags and warning tape along the hand rail.
9 – Adaptation (Niharika Hukku):
Glows in the dark! Also in with the ocean theme, but also a little like bleached coral…?
2 – Many Many III (Stephen King):
There were quite a lot of tourists and sightseers having photos taken with themselves at the ‘front’ or face end of this sculpture. Did any of them pause for more than the time to take the photo to actually look at the faces?
The sculpture by the sea outdoor exhibition runs along the Coogee to Bondi coast walk for 20 October – 6 November 2016; and in Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia for 3 to 20 March 2017.