“A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!”
Sydney October 2014 (12 photos)
The 18th annual Sculpture by the sea exhibition at Bondi is now over. This free public event included 109 exhibiting artists from 16 countries around the world, and was held along the 1.2km coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach.
RESIGNATION, by Michael Purdy.
Statement: The artist’s father, a twice Australian chess champion, died in 2011. This chess piece, slumping in resignation, is in part a memorial to him while exploring the broader theme of mortality.
WANDERERS, by Brad Jackson.
Statement: The wanderers are a passing family group of travelling orbs. Their origin, destination and intentions remain unknown.
“Walk like an Egyptian”
CROSSING THE SKY BY BOAT, by Peter Tilley.
Statement: (Part of) A ritual vessel for use in the afterlife to carry the resurrected King with the Sun God across the heavens on an eternal journey.
WIND STONE – THE THRESHOLD OF CONSCIOUSNESS, by Koichi Ishino.
Statement: It takes you from one place into another, and when you are about to start something new, you are also on a threshold.
#SELFIESCULPTURE, by Lucy Barker.
Statement: Climb inside and become your own sculpture. An experiment in audience participation and documentation.
Basically, people stood in the box and took selfies or had their photos taken. This particular woman came with her own personal professional film crew.
“Mini-me and friends”
ISOLATED MOMENT, by Emily Lynch.
Each year at Sculpture by the sea, there is also a tent for the “Sculpture Inside” component of the exhibition. Smaller and more fragile displays, often by the same artists with outdoor sculptures are displayed in there. I thought I’d offer this artwork as a different take on the minimalist theme over at the WordPress Weekly Photo challenge this week.
“Morning has broken”
PERMANENT SUNRISE, by Alejandro Propato.
Statement: This installation is dedicated to the sunrise at Bondi. It is ephemeral but we can imagine that its beauty could be forever.
For more of a landscape view of this, please see the last photo in Sculpture by the sea, Bondi 2014 (1)
“Art – I’ve still got you covered”
SISYPHUS, by George Andric.
Artist’s statement: The artist strives to find some sense of order that is independent of the world that presents itself – which at times can be deceptive and illusory.
As we end this series, I thought it might be nice to go back to the sculpture I started part 1 of this series with. A very eye catching piece, particularly for those with camera in hand.
Of course, you’ve realised by now particularly from the artist’s statement, that the shape of the sculpture is just an optical illusion…
“A face only a mother could love”
BABIES THREE PIECES, by David Černý.
Statement: None provided. However, from Wikipedia: Černý was born in Prague. He gained notoriety in 1991 by painting a Soviet tank pink, to serve as a war memorial in central Prague. As the Monument to Soviet tank crews was still a national cultural monument at that time, his act of civil disobedience was considered “hooliganism” and he was briefly arrested. Several of his works are considered controversial.
Due to a customs delay, this artwork of 3 baby sculptures didn’t arrive until the second week of the exhibition. I happened to see this one whilst they were unpacking it. If you’re interested to know where the other two were placed, take a very careful look at the last photo in Sculpture by the sea, Bondi 2014 (2)
This is the final part of my 5 part series on the Sculpture by the sea exhibition for 2014. In 5 posts I have presented 42 photos of several of the 109 sculptures. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series.
Update: My sincere thanks to the WordPress editorial team for their acknowledgement and support of this series:
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