“Morning has broken like the first morning…”
Sydney November 2015 (10 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.
THE BRIDGE, by Linda Bowden.
Statement: The work is about landscape. It is the artist’s interpretation of the contrasting open and enclosed vistas punctuated by trees, fences and bridges.
I arrived before the dawn to witness the transition into a new day. It was definitely worth the effort.
“…Blackbird has spoken like the first word”
TRANSMIGRATION, by Jeremy Sheehan.
Statement: Made on many diverse islands along their flyway, these “mutton birds” have bones of found ocean plastic, covered with materials that will breakdown to expose their permanent skeleton.
“Old King Coal was a merry old soul. And a merry old soul was he.”
KING COAL, by Louis Pratt.
Statement: Our scientists all agree we are at the tipping point with our use of fossil fuels; they are poisoning our atmosphere. The work depicts an arrogant character unwilling to change and unaware of his impending doom.
The little girl above was posing next to the sculpture at her mother’s instructions. This kind of thing always gets my attention. Please remember this if you’re at Sculptures by the Sea in 2016.
“You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone”
PARALLEL THINKING SPACE, by Dale Miles.
Statement: An exploration of the lineage of relief sculpture that allows the viewer to move behind the illusion and perceive the visual mechanics employed.
“It knows what you did in the bathtub”
BATH, by Vince Vozzo.
Statement: None provided.
An upside down bathtub converted into a humanoid figure.
“The sound of one hand clapping”
ACOUSTIC CHAMBER, by Arissara Reed and Davin Nurimba.
Statement: A walk-in acoustic chamber which resonates its own sound environment as well as the echo of the ocean.
The woman above had her own camera and tripod setup and took photos of herself in various poses next to some of the sculptures. It’s always interesting to see how people respond to the sculptures.
Like most people, I went up and put my head next to the opening to hear the sound of the ocean coming from the other opening.
The final photo was taken after the supercell storm I referred to in the first part of this series had passed through.
This is Part 6 of 7 of my Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2015 series.