“Think outside the box”
Sydney November 2015 (15 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.
MIRAGE, by Deirdre Mair and Harry Stitt.
Statement: A three-dimensional form comes in and out of focus, assembling and disassembling based on the angle from which the sculpture is viewed.
Viewed from afar, these 4 elements appeared to be like giant hieroglyphics on the beach. Only upon walking around them did they transition into a more recognisable form.
Finding the absolute central viewing point was very difficult, but fun.
EMBRACE (2014), by Haruyuki Uchida.
Statement: The artist aims to make sculptures that are closely connected to gravity.
A sculptural interpretation of an embrace, the taller slender element of the sculpture would move with the wind. Hence the numerous warning signs not to stick your fingers into the sculpture.
“Welcome to the thunderdome”
KAKASHI (2012), by Zilvinas Kempinas.
Statement: Abstract, outdoor kinetic sculpture which is constantly changing with the nature around it, with light and wind.
On a windy day, the flapping tapes were incredibly loud inside the circle of poles.
“United we stand, divided we fall”
DIVIDED PLANET, by Jorg Plicate.
Statement: Instead of together trying to solve the urgent problems like global warming and poverty, our planet is divided into political blocks wasting all their energy in stupid confrontations.
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
HAMLET’S LAMENT, by Stephen Harrison.
Statement: Wild horses, DIY mythology, hybrid animal/human, spirit animals, Shakespeare and Beckett all combine in this work.
“When any of my friends need help, they come to me first. I don’t know what they’d do without me.”
MESSAGES FROM THE WEST, by Thomas Quayle.
Statement: A series of figurative sculptures of children which embody different characteristics of childhood in South West Sydney.
“He was wearing his silly batman costume and crying like a sissy. I told him to remember to go to the toilet first before putting the costume on. It’s not the first time.”
“One time we were at the circus and a clown snuck up behind him. I said to him, ‘Hey, it’s The Joker!’. He looked at the clown, dropped his ice cream and ran away screaming.”
“Yep. All my friends look up to me. My younger sister thinks I’m a hero after she lost her wabbit and I found it.”
“Please excuse my brother. He’s not crazy. He’s just a little unwell.”
This is Part 5 of 7 of my Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2015 series.