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“Sculptures by the Sea”

Sydney November 2015 (11 photos)

The 19th annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi has come and gone. This free public event, ran from 22 October to 8 November, and included 107 main exhibiting artists from 19 countries around the world. It was held along the 1.2km coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach. I went on the final days to take a look at the sculptures.

OPEN, by Peter Lundberg.

Statement: Whilst rough, primal and organic, the artist’s works are often based on simple mathematical shapes and patterns found in nature.

Quite fortuitously, the woman stepped out of the crowd gathered at dawn and started posing on the structure, adding her form to that of the sculpture. The sound of multiple camera shutters going off was immediate.

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“Flying High”

IONIS, by Robert Hague.

Statement: Referencing the countless winged structures down through the ages, this work binds classical architecture to the power of the machine age.

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Victory – Oh what a feeling!”

HALF GATE, by Matthew Asimakis, Clarence Lee and Caitlin Roseby.

Statement: The work offers a vision of partial enclosure – mirrors craft an environment in flux, a place where the sky, sea and visitor converge, soaking into one another.

I spent a few minutes finding the right spot to stand where my reflection would not show in any of the mirrors. Attention to detail is important. And just in time to catch that man spontaneously doing his victory jump.

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“Whosoever shall pull this stick from the sand will be the King of Australia…”

DUST, by Norton Flavel.

Statement: References our relationship to the land, our perceived ownership and our own materiality.

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“The other man’s grass is always umm, err…?”


Statement: As the viewer moves through these glass blades they become diminished; the everyman shrouded by the enormity of nature.

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“Feed me, Seymour! Feed me!”


Statement: A comment on the future about absence and substitution – the devastation of flora.

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“The story of O”

By way of footnote, photography of outdoor sculptures is not easy. I’ve come to realise it is a mixture of landscape, street and still life photography in one. All interact to change the ambience and character of the photo.

The photo at the very top of the post was taken at dawn. The cloud cover ruined the sunrise. So I went a few days later and got a better sunrise photo of the same sculpture, which you see above. Then a broad daylight photo with people clustered around it. I guess the combination of sculpture, sea and clouds had those people mesmerised.

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The next 2 photos were taken near sunset with completely different ambience, due to the light…

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I took a walk at dawn after the exhibition had finished but before most of the sculptures had been removed, and took this one to maximise the golden hour light, looking away from the sun. But just as I was about to snap, into shot came some native Bondi wildlife. What to do? Go with the flow, I say.

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This is Part 1 of 7 of my Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2015 series.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 Part 2

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 Part 3

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 Part 4

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 Part 5

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 Part 6

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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 (1)


67 thoughts on “Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 (1)

  1. Beautiful series here …

    When we add people in the composition, it becomes really interesting πŸ™‚

    Great to see that, there are 6 more similar posts in queue πŸ™‚

    Have a beautiful day πŸ™‚

  2. Great take on Sculptures By The Sea. I loved ‘Open’ and the different takes that you did on that piece.And to catch that man mid jump in Half Gate was amazing. And I wish I’d come close to the perfection of your composition on Dust. Nice!

    • Thank you. The weather wasn’t the best this year but it is thunderstorm season and clouds add to the backdrop. Some of the exhibits really play well with the changing light. The number of people I saw walk up to Dust and pose like the hand was part of their arm, was funny. πŸ™‚

  3. Glad you were able to get to this…yes, timing is everything and each different shot does display a very different feeling to the “O”. Most photography outside a studio comes down to playing the hand you are dealt and going with the flow.

  4. Awesome captures, as usual. “I spent a few minutes finding the right spot to stand where my reflection would not show in any of the mirrors.” It’s not easy maintaining an aura of mystery, but you are THE expert. πŸ˜‰

  5. I loved your images from last year and am looking forward to seeing them again. You do such a beautiful job of capturing not just the sculptures but also the viewers reactions, the landscapes they become part of, and your own reaction to them. Thanks for taking us all along, once again!

    • Thank you very much. The interaction of the crowds with the statues is all part of the fun of this event. There are favourites each year but I make a point of trying to see everything.

  6. The capture of the man who was doing his jump is perfect for the WPC theme. The sun which was captured (placed) right at the corner of the “Story of O” is just so perfect and beautiful! Love your “go with the flow” shots, Dragon. πŸ™‚

  7. So glad this series is back again. Love this first post of the seven. Very persistent aren’t you, going back again and again to get the shots that you want . Open, very apt for the circled of a sculpture. Certainly looks very popular, and I’m sure more than a few people tried to go through it πŸ™‚

    • I think many people saw the Open sculpture as a stage to pose on. They queued for it. The pro photographers would have been working the site for hours. I even saw some photos at night involving star trails.

  8. KG says:

    Lovely photographs! I love the sunrise one without the clouds…. Beauty!
    When I saw the photograph with the mirrors, I was just thinking ‘Did he make sure he wasn’t seen in any of these’ and then I read the text below. πŸ˜›
    Looking forward for the rest of the series.

  9. Where do these sculptures all go at the end of the festival?
    I like that you included several of the “O” piece–the group shot from the back is particularly intriguing. Great setting for a family portrait.
    Glad you are back. πŸ™‚

    • Most of the sculptures were for sale, so some would have gone to private collectors and others bought by cities/councils for public display. The rest would have gone back to the artists for storage until the next display event, I guess.

      Thank you for the well wishes.

  10. Hahaha. “native Bondi wildlife” indeed. It’s always a joy to see your photos of our beloved city. I’m impressed/jealous that you visited several different times to get a variety of shots. Absolutely loving the sunrise photo of ‘Open’.

  11. Goog to see you back in motion, Draco. πŸ™‚ My favourites are that first sunset O and the one with the clouds with the flyer. Wonderful stuff! I may not be around to catch your sequels but I’ll come back at some point. Take care!

  12. sono certa che ti sarai divertito tantissimo a scattare queste stupende immagini, queste espressioni scultoree realizzate per integrarsi con la natura nsono infondo un grande gioco che ci fa capire come tutto cambia e si muta pur restando fermo

  13. Isn’t it funny how a big O can look so impressive in a picture – very impressive indeed!! And so good of that girl to make it all the more attractive for you. Can’t help thinking it reminds me of the giant Cheerios in Honey I Shrunk The Kids! πŸ˜€

    Those plant like sculptures make me think of Triffids. Could make a good garden sculpture – certainly different.

    The ‘Flying High’ one reminds me a little of a metal sculpture in Britain, called ‘The Angel Of The North’ https://www.anniesguesthouse.co.uk/images/blog/20130214-angel-of-the-north.jpg There are a lot winged sculptures in many countries, seems to be a popular theme. πŸ™‚

    Love the one with the mirrors and the man leaping in the air – perfect shot!

    • Thanks, Suzy. Mostly, there was a queue of people to pose on the Big O. It had a strange magnetism effect on people, as do most giant sized things. I loved the variety of sculptures this year.

  14. it’s interesting how you captured different responses from the viewers to the first sculpture, “Open” πŸ™‚ quite fascinating… I guess the artist, who has created it , will be very proud to see so many different reactions…

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