SCULPTURES BY THE SEA 2013 — SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA


Once again it is the end of October and for three weeks, an outdoor sculpture exhibition is held along the ocean walkway between Bondi and Tamarama beach. I attended the exhibition on the last Sunday of its opening–the third of November. Sydney has been experiencing a great amount of smoke haze, generated by bush fires in the Blue Mountains. Smoke is blown all over the Sydney area and is held in place due to temperature inversions, until strong breezes blow it out to sea. Unfortunately, this Sunday was one of the worst. It was also coupled with hot temperatures and some humidity.

The brown haze obscured the brilliant blue sky which acts as a wonderful backdrop to the sculptures displayed on the rocky cliffs.

Here are just a few of the exhibits in the exhibition–

GIANT PENCIL SHARPENER

GIANT PENCIL SHARPENER

Typical of many of the exhibits are large size objects. These are always interesting and photo worthy. This one was made quite easily out of metal. Its size is indicated by the people roaming around it.

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There are some sculptures which defy explanation and  are just curious to look at. Perhaps this one captures the carefree attitude of children, at the beach, by showing one blowing a large bubble gum. The red colour makes it stand out against the usually brilliant blue sky.

HUMOROUS EXHIBIT.  MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT THE WEIGHT ON ITS BACK AND HOW IT MANAGES TO STAY UPRIGHT.

HUMOROUS EXHIBIT. MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT THE WEIGHT ON ITS BACK AND HOW IT MANAGES TO STAY UPRIGHT.

There are always a number of funny sculptures that most find hilarious and entertaining. this is one of the best for this year. It is so absurd and surreal, that you can’t help staring at it and trying to figure out what it is all about. The artist also makes you think about the weight on the skeleton’s back. How can it support an apparent rock on a bike and riding up a post. the whole precarious juxtaposition of the subject is intriguing and clever. You wonder how the artist managed to stick the whole thing together. It is exposed to the wind and has to be robust to withstand the wind gusts that can occur on this cliff face.

You really shouldn't lay out in the sun. You will crack up and go grey.

You really shouldn’t lay out in the sun. You will crack up and go grey.

This was a very realistic sculpture of two people laying down with a small baby between them. Over the weeks, it deteriorated and fragments started to flake off.

This looked like a large replica of the Earth, as viewed from space. However, it was rubbish plastic pieces, stuck together to make a sphere.

This looked like a large replica of the Earth, as viewed from space. However, it was rubbish plastic pieces, stuck together to make a sphere.

There are many discarded bits of plastic that find themselves left and washed up on a beach. This exhibits was demonstrating just how many there are left on Sydney beaches.

If you look closely, you will see the North American and South American continents outlined, using the many bits of coloured plastic.

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Viewed close up, it looks like a stylised water spray.

Viewed close up, it looks like a stylised water spray.

Something as ordinary as plastic conduit can appear artistic, when arranged in a specific fashion. The simplicity of the material just adds to the curiosity of how the human mind organises it into a shape

This plastic sphere, below, mesmerised a lot of people and won the people’s choice award for best exhibit. It was filled with water and inverted the view of what was in font of it. As the waves rolled in , the image moved. The uniqueness of it and the movement captivated everyone who viewed the exhibit.

This sphere was about 1.5 metres in diameter and filled with water.

This sphere was about 1.5 metres in diameter and filled with water.

      

By the time this iceberg landed on the beach, it had melted considerably.

By the time this iceberg landed on the beach, it had melted considerably.

There was also an iceberg, made entirely of styrene foam. It appears reasonably convincing. The juxtaposition of sand and ice help to make this exhibit interesting.