“Nameless faces in the crowd”

Sydney October 2016 (12 photos)

Sculpture by the Sea is back for 2016, now in its 20th year. There are 104 sculptures by 103 artists from 17 different countries this year. Originally a one day exhibition in 1997, this year Sculpture by the Sea runs from 20 October to 7 November.

MANY MANY III, by Stephen King.

Statement: Many Many, Never Never.



“I may think that hornets do not have an ideal social organization. But I know better than to poke their nest… Fred Reed”

NESTS, by Jette Mellgren.

Statement: A group of organic sculptural artworks created as spectacular applications in and among a group of trees. The aim of her work is to build a bridge between old basketry techniques and new design through land art.


“Some assembly required”

COSMIC TRUMPET, by Hanna Hoyne.

Statement: Plug in Stations for Cosmic Recharge are 2 interactive sculptures, Cosmic Trumpet and Embracer. They stand on a bit of sacred space as if on an axis mundi – a portal to another dimension.


“Action figure available separately”



BYE GONE , by Lucy Barker.

Statement: A prophetic tale of doom told with contemporary glyphs etched in the ruins of a lost civilisation. The work is concerned with the space between our digital and physical worlds. Drawing inspiration from social, cultural and environmental change.




“Now that she’s back in the atmosphere with drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey.”

CELESTIAL RINGS I (2014), by Inge King*.

Statement: Recurring throughout Inge King’s oeuvre have been explorations of planetary orbits and cosmic pathways evoked in her work by rings, discs and voids. Inspired by the first images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, King captures the movement of space in her forms while utilising brushed steel to reflect the light, creating luminous celestial bodies.

*Inge King passed away, age 100, in April this year.


“Antipodean ooze”

THE TRACTOR, by Markus Hofer.

Statement: Every sculpture is a decision, because if you make a sculpture you don’t make any other sculptures in this moment!


“Body bags”


CHRONIC SERIES (2011-2015), by Zheng Yuan Lu.

Statement: We have acquired a lot of experience about things we know. However, we still need to face the unknown world of the future. Lu uses his art form to express what lies in between everyday experience and the indescribable.


Over at the Weekly Photo Challenge, the theme is Transmogrify; to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.โ€ A few of these artworks satisfy that theme.

This is Part 2 of my 5 part Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2016 series. Please click the link to see my previous yearly Sculpture by the Sea Bondi series going back to 2013.

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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016 (2)


42 thoughts on “Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016 (2)

  1. Beautifully done second series. Each installation is unique, and they all seem to have their own message. Body Bags caught my eye. It reminds you of the past and future, and as you ponder about the sculpture right there and then, you are essentially the present. Very clever way of making the sculpture interactive.

  2. ……. “tracing her way through the constellations…. hey….”
    my favourite is indeed that silvery luminescent planetary orbie thingie near the sea….

    and to think Inge King must have made that at age 98, if she died this year, at age 100 — amazing! Thanks for another great photographic collection, Draco.

  3. ‘Body bags’ is quite frankly macabre. I quite like ‘Ooze’ and the ‘Nests’ remind me of weaver birds nests, but so far nothing has grabbed me this year. I await your next post…

    • I agree, this year lacked serious large scale sculptures but had a lot of smaller sculptures. I guess that’s the nature of the event. There’s no actual theme for artist’s to aim at. Still, I do enjoy the event and the variety it affords.

    • Thanks very much, Amy. I’m not sure if artists are invited or not. More likely it is an open call and artists apply to have their sculpture displayed. Apart from the public display of their work, most sculptures are for sale and that is probably a motivating factor for the artists to exhibit.

  4. So how long of a path do you follow to view all of these and do you return repeatedly to sample different light?
    I seriously enjoy your annual tour. So far, a really uneven offering. I look forward to the next installment. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Agreed, a bit of a hodge podge collection this year, but I enjoy photographing it, regardless.

      The walk from Tamarama to Bondi is 1.2km each way. So about a 5km walk each time I ago, with a major food break at Bondi in the middle of it. It’s good exercise. ๐Ÿ™‚

      This year and last, I’ve taken to photographing in the middle of the day, then returning for dawn and evening shoots.

  5. spero tanto che racchiuse in quel sacco nero ci siano tutte le brutte cose del mondo! in primis i gas velenosi che sovrastano la nostra atmosfera, e poi le brutte cose che fanno nera la coscienza umana…solo speranze, certo, ma non costa nulla sperare
    il tuo reportage, come sempre รจ un po’ magico, e mi piace credere alla magia delle belle cose
    felice giorno Drago!

  6. The nameless faces are a strange bunch!! Felt a little bit like ‘The Scream’ painting. The Cosmic Trumpet is fantastic.. love the way the little girl is nestled into the sculpture… great shot!

    Smilies in the grass… haha!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ I wonder if they were to be left there what future generations would think of those. Perhaps they might believe we worshipped smilies?! And maybe we do, in a way!

    Not sure about the bodies in bags.. oooh, a little sinister for me! Celestial Rings looks like it’s from space indeed, wow, what a striking sculpture!

    • I saw a photo by the artist. It showed the actual woman (adult) who was used as the model for that sculpture. That was very interesting to see.

      Your comment about the smilies isn’t too far fetched. They may not find those actual stones in the future but our digital footprints will be around long after we’re gone for future generations to see. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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