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“Not all those who wonder, wander”

Sydney October 2014 (7 photos)

The 18th annual Sculpture by the sea exhibition at Bondi ends this weekend. This free public event includes 109 exhibiting artists from 16 countries around the world. It is held along the 1.2km coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach.

THE WANDERER, by Sean Henry.

Statement: The artist’s sculptures of anonymous people exist alongside us but go beyond the narrow limits of simply imitating life through subtle changes to colour, scale and material.

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“Time and tide wait for no man”

VESSELS OF DESTINY, by Melissa McElhone.

Statement: The vessels are inspired by journey and its resulting life changes.

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“Water fowl”


Statement: The passion and ideals of humanity are reconstructed and represented metaphorically in this bird.

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“Cook on high for 10 minutes, baste, turn over, then see the skin cancer doctor”

WE’RE FRYIN’ OUT HERE, by Andrew Hankin.

Statement: This work asks us to stop and think about the damaging effects of the sun, and the need to ‘cook’ ourselves at the beach.

Everyone’s heard of Bondi Beach but perhaps Tamarama Beach (or Glamarama Beach as it is known locally) is not so well known. The approach on both sides is via a descent from the cliff tops which offers a nice view which you can appreciate in the next photo.

There was a cluster of sculptures at the beach, including the COUNTER, by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman which you can see above. The artist’s statement about his work was, “Everyone has a choice; to be counted or not to be counted”. On day 1 I was number 1622.

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“Softly tart”

WINE TALK, by Richard Tipping.

Statement: Taste, including aroma, is an intense personal experience yet hard to describe. The work uses delicious words sounded on the tongue to summon fresh tastes.

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“Only the penitent man shall pass”


Statement: A play on a childhood board game that cheerfully instructs us on the trials of life.

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This is part 3 of a 5 part series:

Sculpture by the sea, Bondi 2014 (5)

Sculpture by the sea, Bondi 2014 (4)

Sculpture by the sea, Bondi 2014 (2)

Sculpture by the sea, Bondi 2014 (1)

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Sculpture by the sea, Bondi 2014 (3)


193 thoughts on “Sculpture by the sea, Bondi 2014 (3)

  1. Great shots of these cool sculptures, Dragon. I really like the photo of the “Cook on high for 10 minutes…” sculpture. The three young and beautiful women in the “pan” are going to see their see the skin cancer doctor soon… Enjoyed the tour. πŸ™‚

  2. amazing photos once again, Lignum… first one is striking, for the contrast between the sculpture and the real living breathing people… LOVE the time and tide wait for noone, great concept and you have captured it beautifully so we can enjoy the tiny details of the sculpture… the frying pan lol… um… the three sunbathers were not part of the sculpture I guess? lol πŸ™‚

    it’s a great celebration of creativity, the whole thing… thanks for sharing!!

  3. Can one really wonder and wander at the same time? Even Sir Isaac Newton sat under the apple tree, in wonder. I love that shot of the “water fowl”…how can I best describe it? I think exquisite is the word for me. You know I can easily tell people I was at the 18th annual Sculpture by the sea exhibition at Bondi Haven’t I seen it all, Lignum??

  4. Superb installations. They seem to be becoming increasingly common. There have been several in the UK this year and they are great fun, not to say challenging, to capture them all. Well done with this set.

    • I think it’s a good idea to take art out of museums and bring it to the public. In a public area, the choice becomes photographing the art alone or integrating it with the human element. It can be challenging.

  5. to remain in him says:

    Powerful shots. Interesting statements for the statues. Art is like a dialog. It creates it’s own life in us. I still remember time by time your photos from last year event.

  6. Great shot of Tamarama Beach. I feel they could leave the Fry Pan there permanently. Haha.

    I’m in love with the Peacock, but there’s something special about the way you captured the Vessels of Destiny. Amazing.

  7. I love the peacock, very beautiful and frying pan with people whose frying in there πŸ˜‰
    The color of the shy on your picture make me dream…
    Have a lovely week end my dear Draco πŸ™‚

  8. kelihasablog says:

    Oh thank you so much for sharing these! I imagine it must have been a fabulous sight to see as well as a most enjoyable outing. I just ❀ your photos1 πŸ˜€

  9. Oh, these exhibitions and festivals in Sydney! Thank you for sharing pieces from the whole, it’s enough to make Sydney such a cool destination πŸ™‚
    Great pictures as well! My favourite is the first one, there’s a mixture of feelings, thoughts and … expectation.
    Wish you a great week ahead! πŸ™‚

  10. Why don’t I live down under – everything looks better down under 😦 Have a great day at work Draco.That first quote about not wandering wonderers who is it by? I love your scenes, the art in Sydney the spirit, your strolls – how can I be nostalgic about the place I have never seen…..

    • Just between you and me, I had hopes of catching a bodybuilder or bikini clad girls by the peacock statue. Then my title would have been “peacockS”. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. πŸ™‚
      The display of art in such an outdoor location is just a brilliant idea.

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  12. Nothing better than an early morning walk from Bondi to Bronte, stunning Art on an incredible coast line. Homesickxx, I am living here in Melbourne … but considering a sea change back to SydneyX Thanks for sharing great shots

  13. Didn’t make it in person and even if I had I think I would have found it too crowded by the time I could have got there. But I have enjoyed the exhibition through your lens – probably even better than being there as you had to do the jostling through the crowds to get the shots. Many, many thanks for all your amazing images πŸ™‚
    Jude xx

    • Too bad you didn’t get there, but you’re right, the crowds are large. The coastal walk from Bondi goes South to Coogee, passing Waverley Cemetery along the way, and needs a couple of hours.

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  15. The Vessels of Destiny are really cool, and you’ve photographed them in a really great way Draco! Lots of wonderful art, such a great exhibition! πŸ™‚

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