Having a background in the arts, there are few things that endear a city to me more than a commitment to public art. I carry a belief that the arts need to be accessible – both from a cost perspective, but moreover that anyone can get the feeling that “I belong here.” Art teaches us so much about what it is to be human, to be alive in our world, about how to think critically, and adds many layers of beauty and emotion to our lives. And so it is that Sculpture By the Sea is the one annual Sydney event that my little family never misses.
It is a showcase of over 100 pieces of art, which are displayed along the Bondi to Tamarama Beach coastal walk (approximately 2km). The website says that it is “one of the world’s largest free to the public events.” Indeed, it is an extremely popular event, very nearly always crowded, but worth making the effort.
We went yesterday, and without thinking, we actually picked an amazing time to go, as we were there just as the Melbourne Cup was underway (one of the other biggest events around), so the crowds were very manageable. We carried Hushpuppy in the Ergo Baby most of the time, which I’d highly recommend to anyone bringing a small child – don’t bring the pram! She was also manageable for almost the whole trip, until the very end when she realized that we weren’t going to let her go swimming, and she launched in on a terrible-nearly-two-tantrum to demonstrate to all spectators about the injustice of this world, which in and of itself is its own piece of performance art.
I’ve written about Sculpture By the Sea every year, and you can have a look through past years on the Sydney Side page under Annual Events. Now on to the photos from 2014. Partner-in-Crime always has a lot of fun photographing this event, so the bulk of the images are his handiwork.