Sculpture by the Sea returns to the beautiful coastal walkway between Bondi and Tamarama beaches from 20 October to 6 November 2016. This is Sydney's largest free to the public outdoor sculpture exhibition and it grows bigger and better with every year.
It is expected to draw huge crowds this year. It is one of the most popular outdoor events in Sydney, where visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk along the coastline viewing unique sculptures alongside breathtaking natural seaside views.
This year's exhibition will feature over 100 sculptures by Australian and overseas artists. The concept is to place intriguing artworks all over the beach. Some artworks will evoke sentimental feelings, inspire new worldly ideas or maybe start an interesting conversation.
Each location has different art pieces exposed against the different natural scenery backgrounds and each sculpture portrays a different idea, reflecting the creativity of its designer. The artworks can be serious or fun, quirky or beautiful and they are placed in the most random places, so look out or you'll miss out on some good ones. Maybe you might be lucky to catch a lot of Pokomons with your Pokomo Go app while you are there!
The most common way to experience Sculpture by the Sea is to walk south from Bondi to Tamarama. In my experience, it is a 2 km stroll full of wonders. You should buy a programme at the entrance, which is handy for orientation and learning more about the sculpture pieces.
Best Time to Visit:
Weekends are very busy and crowded, so if at all possible I would consider visiting on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
Street parking is really hard to find and you may have to park a good distance away from the exhibits. I highly recommend public transport or car-pooling.
The coastal walk gets very crowded and includes a lot of stairs which can be a problem for strollers or the elderly. However, there is an easy walking route designed for those who do not want to walk long distances or who are not comfortable with stairs. Please ask at the information booth.
There is little shade along the route, so definitely wear hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and bring drink bottles. There are several water fountains along the route offering free hydration to all.
Sculpture by the Sea is a fantastic way to embrace outdoor activities and art culture in an informal environment. There are a great variety of contemporary art exhibits - many of them fun, interactive and not to miss.
If you are not tired after this unique outdoor exhibition, you should certainly hang around the famous Bondi beach area for a snack, food or ice cream and just enjoy the beach on a nice sunny day.