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A fine collection artworks free to view this summer
The Brighton Jetty Sculptures are on again this summer down by the sea at Brighton. This year they are pleased to have a new sponsor, Patritti Wines, a historic Adelaide winery, who has naming rights to the event.
The dates the sculptures are open for viewing for 2018 are as follows- January 24th- February 4th Opening Times- Outdoor 24 hours.
There has been some brilliant sculptures here over recent years. Image by Kat May
The event covers the January long weekend, so it will be very busy then. If you can make it during a weekday, I would recommend you go then as it is not as busy. The footpaths can get quite crowded as do the lifesaving clubrooms. This building has an elevator for wheelchairs and strollers. I have taken primary-aged children but after 45 minutes, they have seen enough and would rather go down and paddle in the sea.
Some of the sculptures can be quite amusing and make you smile. Image by Kat May
The outdoor sculptures can be viewed 24 hours a day, although it can be hard to see the details of the artwork in the dark. Security patrols are ongoing over the event. The smaller and more delicate sculptures made of materials such as glass, carved stone, feathers and bones are displayed indoors. There are two locations for these - at the surf lifesaving clubrooms and the huge marquee on the lawn outside.
Take the oldies for a little walk by the sea. Image by Kat May.
With around 160 sculptures to see, the event does take quite a long time to view. I suggest breaking up the visit with a stroll down Brighton Road for refreshments. Alternately, you could visit north of the Jetty on one trip and south on another visit. Parking is particularly busy, especially on weekends. Why not take the bus? Line 262 leaves Marion Centre to Jetty Rd, Brighton and in reverse from Adelaide CBD in Grote Street from stop B1.
Make sure you see the smaller sculptures inside the lifesaving building.This whale sculpture is by local artist Kim Bellette. Image by Kat May.