The walk from Bondi Beach in Sydney to Tamarama Beach provides its own sculptural marvels all year round.
This spectacular coastal landscape also hosts the annual Sculpture by the Sea festival, an event that this year will attract close to half a million visitors.
Thursday was the first day and it was good to be there before the visitor numbers build. It was a magical day. Temperatures were on the cooler side, heralding the end of the worst of the bushfire crisis in the Blue Mountains. The skies were clear and Sydney was turning it on big time. To top off the magic, we stopped for a while to watch two young humpback whales apparently competing to show off their breaching and flipper slapping skills.
Here’s but a taste of the 107 pieces on offer this year.
buttress (2012) – Michael Le Grand ACT
horizon – Lucy Humphrey NSW
horizon (with surfer)
moon buddha – Vince Vozzo NSW
flow – Alison McDonald QLD
goodnight Uncle John – Eko Bambang Wisnu & Ida Lawrence Indonesia / NSW
pallet pavilion – Clayton Blake VIC
folded 3 – Andrew Rogers VIC
sacred space – Dale Miles NSW
passage secret – Silvia Tuccimei Italy
plastic world – Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maya Portugal
fetch – The Winged Collective VIC
girl pointing – Matt Calvert TAS
moment of clarity – David Hashimoto NSW
bubble no: 5 – Qian Sihua China
fallout – Stephen King NSW
a shared weight – Elyssa Sykes-Smith NSW