Along the Brighton foreshore, near the jetty, and in the Brighton Surf Life Saving Clubrooms are examples of the works entered in the 2013 Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures Competition.
For those interested in local art and artists, this is a trip well worth your time. A walk along the Esplanade can be highlighted by these amazing pieces of artwork, and then some time spent in the Surf Life Saving Club to have a look at the pieces inside. Afterwards, followed by a drink or meal in one of the many cafes or the Esplanade Hotel near the Jetty Road precinct.
Amongst the pieces on the Esplanade itself, there were several that I and my children enjoyed.
Sphere 2012 by Rod Manning catches the eye straight away, not least because of the rear view of the naked man standing beside the intricately created sphere of welded metal. It is a large piece and grabs the viewer by the sheer detail of the design.
Lost Hermit by Alec de Wilt won the Young Artist Award, and is the piece I found the most thought provoking. The juxtaposition of the human and animal elements of the 'hermit' theme is so well done and the work is a wonderful example of what art can really do. I have a feeling this young artist could be one to watch in future years.
Ransom Note: Soldiers of Neptune by The Winged Collective (Falcini and Gottgens) is an odd piece. From the Esplanade the sign tells you it is better viewed from the beach. So you go to the beach and look around and - lo! There it is, on the steps. Creative and different and it certainly stood out to us.
Little Boxes by Jackie Spencer was the favourite of my children. A plywood cube with a locked door, and the artist invites you to decorate it. Of course, some people cannot help themselves and some crudities appear, but there are a lot of messages, greetings, bits of wisdom and illustrations. My children not only enjoyed adding to the decoration, but also reading a lot of what was already there. I love this sort of public art installation.
Wave Form by Astra Parker is another simple and yet stunning design. The fact that we were there early in the morning and it caught the rising sun I think only added to the overall impression this work gave.
Thank you Steven, we are also pleased you liked our odd piece titled Ransom. I thought I might just point out to your readers though, that there are a number of interstate artists also included in the show as well as local artists. The Winged Collective are based in Melbourne and this is our second year in the Brighton Jetty sculpture exhibition.