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“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.

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“…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.

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“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.

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“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”


Statement: An exploration of the lineage of relief sculpture that allows the viewer to move behind the illusion and perceive the visual mechanics employed.

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“It knows what you did in the bathtub”

BATH, by Vince Vozzo.

Statement: None provided.

An upside down bathtub converted into a humanoid figure.

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“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.

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This is Part 6 of 7 of my Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2015 series.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 Part 1

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

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 (6)


74 thoughts on “Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015 (6)

  1. KG says:

    The final photograph is totally breathtaking LD πŸ™‚
    I don’t like to pose but I might be tempted to if only to see if I end up featured in one of your photographs πŸ˜‰

  2. maamej says:

    You remind me of how much I love this exhibition – the way people interact with the sculptures, and the sculptures interact with the environment. That last pic with the storm is wonderful.

    • Thank you. This exhibition works on so many different levels. Apart from the interactions you mention, it gets people interested in art, and it’s a great day out. There was a fair bit of rain this year, but people still enjoyed it.

  3. Wonderful set, the ones at the sunset versus in the light waouh, and gorgeous are the two last ones !!!! I love them, what a great light and a wonderful ambiance. Bravo my dear Drago:-)

  4. The clouds of the last one is spectacular! Such a beautiful capture of the young lady’s perfect stretch form. πŸ™‚ Thank you for including the statement for each; it helps us appreciate the meaning behind these great sculptures. Awesome shots, Dragon! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, the reward was worth the effort.
      When I need to get up earlier than usual, I set numerous alarms 5 minutes apart on my phone. I usually get up by about the fifth alarm. πŸ™‚

  5. The last Acoustic Chamber shot was very well done. Great angle and the clouds rolled in at the right moment. There’s something about art that makes us want to express ourselves, helps us free ourselves.

    • True, some people are truly inspired by art. It was interesting to watch that woman go through various artistic poses next to the sculptures. I like that large crowds come to see the sculptures.

  6. Your capture of The Bridge at dawn is amazing. And Acoustic Chamber with the supercell storm in the background is superb. It looks too stunning to be real. Your dedication is admirable as always πŸ™‚

    Also, are you giving us hints on how to lure out the elusive Dragon? πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you very much, Sandy. This year I paid more attention to the changing light and weather to accentuate the sculptures. I think it worked. πŸ™‚

      Just don’t forget to pose next year. I’m always careful when eating my lunch at Westfields, just in case. πŸ™‚

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  8. This series is a strong contender for “Best Post Ever!” The event itself is exceptional, but your photographs and commentary are incredibly good. I totally destroyed the day’s schedule by carefully perusing all of the chapters, but it was well worth it. Thanks for the effort and perserverance.

    • Thank you very much, Robin. As with your landscape photography, the light is all important. It was a lot of fun for me to photograph these sculptures so I was more than happy to go back in different lighting conditions.

  9. Those birds are a little creepy, but nevertheless very creative. They’d make a great Halloween decoration. And the upside down bath – haha, I love that, hilarious! I think it’s the size of the head that gets me!! πŸ˜€

    Your last picture is very dramatic, brilliant! I’m wondering if a small person could crawl in that shell hole and have an afternoon nap – and no-one would notice until they popped back out?! πŸ˜‰

    • The peep hole at the back of that sculpture was big enough for 2 children’s heads to poke through – I saw a mother taking a photo like that. But it was a 3 dimensional sculpture so lying inside it would be no problem. πŸ™‚

  10. la spettacolaritΓ  della natura ha una grandissima influenza sull’emozione ricevuta guardando l’estrosutΓ  e a creativitΓ  delle sculture, oltre, naturalmente alla strepitosa potenza dei tuoi scatti

    • Actually, the rapid arrival of the supercell storm was incredibly surreal. I went home to avoid the rain, but came back to catch it after the fury had passed. It caused much damage to houses and buildings. Thanks, Alex.

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