Hands up who likes the beach? Hands up who likes arty stuff? Great, then get excited as a whole lot of weird, wacky and wonderful creations, collectively known as Sculpture by the Sea will be gracing us with their presence this year from the 29th of October until the 15th of November.
The exhibition now in it's 13th season, sees the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk transformed into a sculptural paradise with over 100 works from Australian and international artists spread along the hinterland and local parks, turning the fringes of these infamous beaches into one big natural gallery.
The idea behind this unique outdoor setting is that an open-air event will help to promote this art form (sculpture generally lives at the gritty and heavy end of the art spectrum) to a wider community making sculpture more accessible to public experience.
The dramatic natural backdrop of the sea, parks, cliffs and rock faces also allows the pieces to interact with their landscape and community in a way no indoor gallery can. I'm also pretty sure you can't put down a picnic rug and pull out a bottle of champa's in the Louvre now can you?
But what about the kids? No worries, the exhibition is free and open to all ages of course, in years past proving to be a family hit, with certain sculptures designed to have interactive qualities aiming to inspire the minds of the young and old alike.
Sculpture by the Sea also works in conjunction with local primary and high schools over the course of the event conducting an education program in accordance with the New South Wales Board of Studies Curriculum, so you may in fact find that your offspring will have visited the show before you.
Anyhow, If you haven't scoped Sculpture by the Sea before, then 2009 is the time to go with the event gaining popularity internationally and welcoming this June, at the invitation of Danish royalty (Thanks Mary) a new exhibition site in Aarhus, Denmark. Cottesloe beach Western Australia the much celebrated Australian sister show now in it's 5 year running, will also be taking place the following February 2010.
Other attractions over the course of the event include, Sculpture Inside; a variety of smaller sculptures and other works by the exhibiting artists, BBQ by the sea; vote for your favourite sculpture, maps, catalogues, other exciting glossy printed material and much much more.
So if kooky craftsmanship interests you, then slap on some sunscreen and get your art critique hats out folks because SXS is in this season!