The impending summer is fast approaching once again, no doubt to the delight of many revelers who frolic the eastern Sydney and Western Australian foreshore. Even though it might seem too early to get in the water, there is no excuse not to make a pilgrimage to the beach, especially with the timely return of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. The world renowned outdoor art appreciation event quite possibly has the most eclectic mix of sculptures and still life artwork under the sun. Hundreds of thousands of people attend the event each year from all across the globe.
The Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, which has quickly become one of the most anticipated art events in Sydney, will be making its 18th annual appearance in Bondi this year. The outdoor event will display over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and around the world, 37 of which will be first time exhibitors. As with previous editions of the event, sculptures will be intricately placed around Bondi and Tamarama beach along the scenic coastal walk. The event will create an array of art that will stretch across 2km of park, beach and walkway. In recent years the exhibition has become one of the largest FREE to the public events in the world.
The Sydney exhibition route will start at Notts Avenue adjacent to Bondi Beach, which is just off Campbell Parade. If you need a landmark, look for Bondi Icebergs. However, this is not the only place to start your voyage into the art realm. The coastal walkway can also be accessed by stairways at various points along the exhibition route. These access points include Hunter Park, Gaerloch Avenue adjacent to Gaerloch Reserve, and Pacific Avenue.
The exhibition pathway ends at Tamarama Park on Marine Drive, however depending on where you start your journey and park your car, it may be more beneficial to walk the exhibition route in reverse. This is especially true if you plan on bringing kids, since there are often interactive sculptures adjacent to the Tamarama Park playground.
The Bondi edition of Sculpture by the Sea, which is undoubtedly the flagship edition of the event, will run from October 23rd to November 9th 2014. Additional public transport will also be available in the form of buses from Bondi Junction.
In addition to all the outdoor artwork, a miniature indoor art exhibit known as Sculpture Inside will also make an appearance during the event. Designed to coincide with Sculpture by the Sea, the indoor exhibition will display artwork from selected and invited artists. Sculpture Inside has become extremely popular in its own right, especially with collectors. The exhibit will provide a great opportunity to purchase works by established Australian and international artists, as well as new and emerging talent.
The Sculpture Inside marquee will be located in Mark's Park at Tamarama, which is conveniently on the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition trail. Doors open 9am and close 5:30pm daily, except on weekends when doors close at 7pm.
Sculpture by the Sea - Stairway to Heaven (photo by Adrian Kmita)
In the new year, the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition will make it's way to Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia. The west coast edition will be making it's 11th annual appearance. Taking up real estate at the northern end of Cottesloe Beach, the Perth event will feature artwork from over 70 local, interstate and international artists, as they transform one of Perth's most popular beaches into a sculpture park. However, on this occasion the art will overlook the Indian Ocean instead of the Pacific, taking advantage of Perth's stunning sunsets. The Perth exhibit will open in 2015, running from March 6th to March 22nd.
As always each event location will be family friendly, and as an added incentive there is probably no better way to clock up your daily exercise, among a massive contingent of would-be art connoisseurs. There is also probably no better way to practice and enhance your own photography skills. The only question you have to ask yourself is whether you prefer taking your sculpture photos amid Sydney's wondrous sunrises or Perth's amazing sunsets.