Sculpture by the sea

Each spring, artists from all over the world converge on Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Tamarama coastal walk to showcase their work at Sculpture by the Sea, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. The scenic walk is transformed into a 2km sculpture park with more than 100 works by artists from Australia and around the world.

Sculpture by the Sea began in 1997 with an exhibition held over one day at Bondi Beach and is now an annual event.

I have been going to this event for the last few years and it is a really nice thing to do on a day off as it provides great exercise, spectacular views, beautiful arts and many photo opportunities.

Like every year, this year also, I went to this exhibition with my husband and my friend SS. This year the exhibition consisted of a variety of works from 49 New South Wales sculptors, 28 interstate artists, and 36 international artists from China, Denmark, England, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Spain, and the U.S.

Every year there are some wonderful arts on exhibit along with some weird one.

I really wanted to go this year for the sunrise but these days the sun rises at 5am so to be there at that time, I needed to wake up at 4am. On weekend, that was not a good plan so we decided to go around 8am. Unfortunately, it was a gloomy day but it wasn’t raining yet.

We started from Bondi and were surprised to see so many people already there. I saw busloads of tourist everywhere. There were also lots of family with young children.

We started of walk from the first sculpture and followed the path along the Bondi beach to the top of the hill. There were many amazing arts there and some complicated ones.

On the top of the hill, there was a tent with mini sculptures so we entered and started looking at the amazing creations. In that time, it started raining heavily and we felt lucky to be inside the tent. The rain stopped within 15 minutes.

After the rain, we continued our walk toward Tamara beach. We saw two award winning arts. It was so nice to walk the coast and finally reach the last art. Overall we had a great day and quite good exercise.

Sharing some photos from the day.

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18 responses to “Sculpture by the sea

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Loved ALL of these – thank you!

  2. omg! i didn’t even know about the event. i really need to get out of the house more

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  4. Gorgeous! I love such exhibitions! Would have loved to go there…. alas! didn’t know about it. Will certainly make it a point to go there next year.

  5. Thank you for the photos. I have to say, and I realize I am out of touch, but I just don’t get our contemporary artists or their art. There doesn’t seem to be anything behind it.

    • Some of the art is definitely weird but some of them were nice and cool 🙂

      • LOL…I know…sometimes I get too picky…I have never liked modern art and probably never will. Perhaps I suffer from Golden Age syndrome. But, when I was in my early twenties and traveling through Europe for over a year, I was deep into observing art, architecture, and reading texts from those same periods of time. And what struck me was that time did not equal progression as it relates to the quality or content behind the art. There were many peaks and valleys. And from my jaded perspective, we are currently in an artistic valley or even abyss:)

  6. Cool exhibits. Looks like a fun thing to visit.

  7. Really great photos ! I was expecting sand sculptures, though. ha ha ha

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