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by Nicholas Gordon (subscribe)
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Sydney's favourite outdoor art exhibition returns to the beautiful coastal walkway between Bondi and Tamarama beaches this November. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Sculpture by the Sea grows bigger and better with every year and is once again expected to draw huge crowds.

This year's exhibition will feature over 100 sculptures by Australian and overseas artists. Expect some works to provoke a chuckle, others to be grand and imposing and many that will make you look at the world in a different way. Sculpture by the Sea remains one of Sydney's most popular cultural gatherings and what started in Bondi in 1996 has spread globally with similar events now held in Perth and Aarhus, Denmark.



The most common way to experience Sculpture by the Sea is to walk south from Bondi to Tamarama. The event starts at the end of Notts Avenue, which branches off from Campbell Parade, Bondi's main drag. Head past the Icebergs swimming pool until the road finishes. At the entrance you can buy a programme, which is handy for orientation and learning more about the sculptures.

As the path winds its way around the cliffs, the first sculptures begin appearing. As well as appreciating the works framed by the ocean, be sure to check the cliff side of the pathway for hard to spot works. Eventually you will reach Marks Park, which is usually the setting for some of the larger and more spectacular pieces of art. Marks Park also has a cafe and is a good spot for a breather.



Further south along the path, the small cove of Mackenzies Bay is another great setting and in recent years has hosted a number of whimsical pieces. Look along the sandstone cliffs or the grassy slopes of Gaerloch Reserve to see the best ones. The exhibition finishes at Tamarama Beach, where the sand is usually dotted with larger-scale, highly-imaginative sculptures.

To explore Sculpture by the Sea properly, allow at least one hour to complete the walk. Weekends, especially sunny hot ones, see Sydneysiders descend en masse to the event, so if you really want to spend some time appreciating the artworks, visit during a weekday or an early evening when the crowds are not as thick on the ground. Remember also to bring plenty of water and whatever you do, don't forget to slip, slop, slap.



To get to Sculpture by the Sea, take a 380 bus from the city or Bondi Junction and alight on Campbell Parade near Notts Ave. Alternatively, you can catch a 361 from Bondi Junction to Tamarama which will deposit you at various points close to the exhibition. Driving is possible, but fraught with hazards such as over-zealous parking inspectors - it's much easier catching the bus. For bus information, see sydneybuses.info.
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Why? Because it's Sydney's unmissable art event
When: Thursday 3 November - Sunday 20 November, 2011
Where: Bondi to Tamarama coastal walkway
Cost: Free
Comments
Look forward to go with my kids. Thanks for putting this on the web and all your helpful tips
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 25th of October @ 10:01 am
Very excited for sculptures by the sea, always a lovely event.
This year there is a new free art festival on cockatoo island as well! Hosting street art from around the world, as well as a collection from Banksy.
Make sure to check out www.outpost.cockatooisland.gov.au/index.html
By leora - reader
Friday, 28th of October @ 05:54 am
can you please extend the date and make it until the end of the month -November 30, 2011
By Anonymous
Thursday, 3rd of November @ 10:17 pm
I think you found good ones (the curators pborably think so too, that deer is in a position they usually reserve for an excellent one), I also like:.I doubt those are their real names! (They are licensed all rights reserved, so don't embed them.)I'd like to go this year too, but it's tricky. The last few times I've exhausted myself doing it in the heat of the day. The morning, on a day with a cool forecast, would be ideal. Actually this coming weekend doesn't look too bad on that front, although as a tradeoff it won't have the brilliant blue skies of those photos you found.
By tabit - reader
Saturday, 16th of June @ 05:32 am
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