Sculpture by the Sea

annual events, art

It’s November 16th. That means that November and NaBloPoMo is half over.

As Samuel Beckett once wrote, “I must go on. I can’t go on. I’ll go on.”

I kid, dear readers, I kid!

Sort of …

While we’re on the subject of abstract art, let me tell you about our visit to Sculpture by the Sea.

Each year, the Waverly Council hosts this event, a sprawling and ambitious temporary sculpture garden that resides on the Bondi to Tamarama walk. I’d read about it last year in some other expats’ blogs, and was quite excited about attending. I love the idea of public art, particularly public art on the beach.

We started at Tamarama to work our way towards Bondi (mostly because parking around Bondi was crazy – we were not the only ones who had the idea to attend). When we reached the walkway above the beach, we saw that the beach itself was covered in sculptures, and then we looked around to see that the hills, cliffs, and sidewalks were all teeming with art.

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There were about 100 sculptures spread out over the walk. Some were abstract, while some were a bit more literal. Like, for instance, the giant cheese grater:

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Early on in our walk, it became clear that we were not going to be able stop and give full appreciation to each piece. And so, I started to get interested in how people were interacting with the art. Kids, in particular, found a true magic in these unexpected objects, and a lot of adults turned into big kids.

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I did not generally care for the more literal pieces, like a giant tube of toothpaste or a giant pair of sunglasses. I was much more drawn to the abstract sculptures, particularly the ones that blended into their surroundings. The curators of this piece did an incredible job with placing the pieces so that they highlighted their natural surrounds, and vice versa.

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My two personal favorite pieces both had an aesthetic relationship to their natural surroundings, but in quite different ways. I’ll leave you with pictures of them, and see you tomorrow, Blogland:

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