I finally made the trip to see Sculpture by the Sea Bondi for the first time, and boy was I super excited. I love sculptures. And I love the sea. Combine the two together and you have, what I think is, a winning combination. Apparently, many others think so too, and this walk between Bondi to Tamarama was getting busy. As I mentioned before, I didn’t see all 107 works on display, but I saw most of them and thought I’d share some of my favourites.
Statement: it has begun blowing from Bondi.
I don’t claim to understand art, but I think you can still appreciate its form and beauty. This is one (of many) of those sculptures for me.
Statement: the cartoon form is used to create the artworks and they express the artist’s positive thinking. The work gives the feeling of peace and simplicity.
I think this sculpture brought a lot of smiles to people who walked by, with many saying how cute it was. It definitely has a sense of fun about it, and brought a smile to my face.
Statement: part of an on-going series dealing with multiplicated objects that are flooding public space. This time, these objects do not appear on the facades, but are placed on a separately standing platform, designed for their own benefit.
Not sure if you can read the sign, but it basically states “your image may be streamed LIVE to the internet or used in a future artwork shown online”. The sign was placed on both sides next to the path. Of those who noticed, a few walked behind the cameras and others stared right into it, with some even taking a photo from their viewpoint. It is surprising that most people walked past without paying the sign or the cameras any attention. Does that mean we’ve become accustomed to being watched? That’s a scary thought! I found an article about the artist’s ‘nests’, and you can check out his other work if you’re interested.
Statement: encased and protected, for lack of protection, observed or unobserved.
I really liked the intricate detail on this sculpture. It’d be barely noticeable if it weren’t for the large frame around it. To me, a very sad statement on society’s relationship with nature.
Statement: like us, these shaman creatures are walking into their future, carrying precious cargo.
One of my top favourites, these odd-looking yet beautiful creatures appeared to be searching for a new home. I would love to travel with them. Was seriously tempted to start patting one. Or, to tame one and lead it home with me.
Statement: a relationship between tree and humans, where shared spirit is invoked as a mystical wonder and manifested as humanature, sharing a common identity with the tree and its skin.
A very freaky-looking sculpture, but a powerful one too. Unlike the Barbie doll wave I shared in my previous post, everyone was intrigued by and liked this sculpture.
Statement: the spiral describes eternity having neither beginning nor end. It is the rhythm of creation. The wind is the breath of the earth, it is our breath.
I could only catch a glimpse of this sculpture from beneath the edge it was placed on. It looks so delicate. I like how it almost blends in with the environment around it.
Statement: wild horses, DIY mythology, hybrid animal/human, spirit animals, Shakespeare and Beckett all combine in this work.
One of those sculptures that I can’t really explain why I was drawn to it.
Statement: the artsigns grow from poetry. The artist engages with the bright zing of public signs and places the emphasis of creation onto the viewer.
Welp, that’s all from me from Sculpture by the Sea Bondi. I had a great day out — even if I got squished by all the people going on the last day, almost blown over by the wind, and having my beloved Pascoe (camera) run out of battery towards the end. Sculpture by the Sea Bondi is such a great event and I really enjoyed my first time there. I’m a little sad it’s over now, but also excited about what next year may bring.