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Sydney's most popular annual outdoor art appreciation event
Sculpture by the Sea is Sydney's largest free-to-the-public outdoor art exhibition. This popular, most-loved annual event is back again for a 19th year to the stunning Bondi to Tamarama coast walk from 22 October - 8 November 2015.
Kerrie Argent's work titled 'Overconsumption' It reminded me of a sea creature
I think this is Sydney's best outdoor art event where ocean, city and natural landscape, art culture and sightseeing merge together into one great weekend.
Alejandro Propato's Permanent Sunrise
There will be over 100 sculptures and art work displays by artists from Australia and around the world this year. Contemporary sculptures will be intricately placed along the 2km scenic coastal walk from Bondi and Tamarama beach.
This art exhibition is one of my favorite art events in Sydney and every year the event attracts over 500,000 local and international visitors to view the eclectic mix of sculptures and still life artwork under the sun.
Last year's Sculpture by the Sea was filled with vibrant sea creatures, surreal ants hiding in between naturally fitting rocks, superhero-like robotic figures, skew totem poles, and most notably the Dyson-Air-Purifier look alike reflective metal sculpture.
Koichi Ishino's 'Wind Stone'
Several sculpture pieces fit in naturally with the surroundings, almost camouflaged inconspicuously; while other pieces stood out in stark contrast.
'Thrown' by Jane Gillings - Does it reminded you of Game of Thrones? This interactive sculpture of a throne and attached crown made out of plastic utensils and toys was amazing! I get to be Crowned GMV sitting on The Iron (I mean Plastic) Chair!
During the walk, we got a bit peckish and luckily we were able to purchase some light snacks and refreshments from The Grounds By the Sea pop-up shop. It was a relief for the tired visitors.
The 2 kilometers stroll was full of wonders and interactive surprises. However, it did take us over 2.5 hours to complete the trail!
'My house is your home' by Ken Unsworth
Special Walk Plan Strategy:
The exhibition route starts at the bottom of Notts Avenue (just off Campbell Parade) Bondi, and finishes at Tamarama Park, Marine Drive, Tamarama.
Elyssa Sykes-Smith's 'The Chase'
Do expect a heavy congested crowd during the weekends. I highly recommend to come and view the sculptures during weekdays. You will get some brilliant photo shots during sunrise or sunset time, where the colors of the sky illuminate brilliantly against the art works. Or you can just sit back and admire the creativity with some leisure and peace.
If you can only come during the weekend, be sure to wear super comfy sport shoes. There will be pushing, nudging and no personal space in the crowd. Your attempts to capture the beauty of the sculptures will most-likely include other visitors' heads and arms in the picture.
There is an Easy Walking Tour Routes specifically designated for wheelchair and pram friendly access and for those not comfortable with stairs or walking long distances.
Handy Tip 1: Patience, a water bottle and sun screen are needed. There are several water fountains along the route offering free hydration to all.
Handy Tip 2: Look out for the Hyundai Courtesy Fleet Pick up stops at Notts Avenue, Bondi and Tamarama Beach.
This FREE shuttle service will operate from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the exhibition and they are the perfect transportation vehicle to help you get from one end of the exhibition to the other. BONUS POINT: You get to ride in the newest Hyundai private cars with full air-condition!
'Currawong' by Lou Lambert
Sculpture by the Sea is well worth the visit. It is a joyous and uplifting event where you can appreciate some unique fine artworks, enjoy the natural scenery of Sydney's pristine beaches and get fit at the same time. I could not think of any other free event that gives away that much benefits. A must for Sydneysiders and tourists.
For more information on the event, visit the website HERE.
Weíve been every year except for the 1st 2 or 3 I think, when I didnít know about This is my favourite Sydney event of the year, with vivid come thing a close 2nd. We always start at Bondi, catching the crowded bus from Bondi Junction. Because I take about 110 photos, & the walk takes us about 4 hrs, We take our own lunch, & water is handed out for free, as well as block-out I couldnít imagine organising a holiday too somewhere, & missing out on going to Sculpture by the Sea! (Or SxS as I call it) The catalogue is very handy to read up on all the works that 1 has taken photos off. My mother is nearly 94 & used to enjoy coming with us, but as she canít do the steps anymore, she enjoys looking at the catalogue & my photos.