Postcard from Sculptures by the Sea

November 24, 2011 in Australia,New South Wales,Places

My favorite type of art isn’t a classic painting or sculpture stuck in a museum, collecting dust and inviting glazed-over stares. It’s art that sparks a discussion, art that makes you question whether it is art, art that is out in the public eye for all to see, enjoy and talk about.

Sculptures by the Sea, Sydney, Australia 2011

Sculpture by the Sea was the perfect example of the type of art I love. An open-air exhibition along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, it features more than 100 sculptures by both Australian and international artists.

Sculpture by the Sea gathered a crowd on a rainy day in a sunny city that’s better-known for its beaches than its museums (although both are world-class). If putting sometimes beautiful, sometimes provocative pieces in a gorgeous natural setting is the way to spark an interest in modern art: I’m all for it.

Sculptures by the Sea, Sydney, Australia 2011

Wish, Sculptures by the Sea, Sydney, Australia 2011

Skeleton on ladder, Sculptures by the Sea, Sydney, Australia 2011

 

 

Sculptures by the Sea, Sydney, Australia 2011

Sculptures by the Sea, Sydney, Australia 2011
Sculptures by the Sea, Sydney, Australia 2011

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Note: Sculpture by the Sea 2011 ended on November 20 at Bondi, but the annual exhibition usually takes place in the fall. It also shows in Cottlesloe and Aarhus. Check the Sculpture by the Sea website for details. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Maggie High

    Oh, what fun these sculptures are! I especially like the sink facet. It’s clever and cheeky.

  • I love these, especially the faucet. Thanks for sharing! 

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t that one awesome? So neat!

  • Anonymous

    Glad you enjoyed them 🙂

  • That’s a very cool idea…art by the beach. A lovely setting with lovely art. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed it–it should get to more cities!

  • These are great!  I especially like the skeleton on the ladder looking out to the sea, the balance of figures on chairs, and the sink tap/faucet! 

    Thanks for highlighting the ‘sculpture walk’ and for providing the photos, Christine!

  • Anonymous

    No worries–it’s a pretty cool event to check out!

  • I agree in regard to having a preference for public art and this looks like an extraordinary venue both in terms of it’s natural beauty and the fact that it draws so many people daily!

  • camorose

    It’s such a cool experience! Wish there were more exhibits like this around the world.

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