[ADVERT]From Sydney and Perth's Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions through to the breathtaking Museo Subacuatico de Arte off the shores of Mexico's Cancun, there's something about sculpture and saltwater that goes together, much like fish and chips or surf and turf.
But my favourite combination of this classic pairing is the Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast.
Over 10 sun-drenched days from 13-22 September, visitors to this free festival can enjoy and explore more than 50 provocative works by local, national and international artists.
Included in the line-up is Belgian artist, climber and cellist Georges Cuvillier who started building a towering structure of bamboo long before the festival proper started.
But there are a host of others who have all contributed to this year's record number of sculptures.
Exhibiting artist Marie-France Rose will guide masterclass participants through a sculptural experience to make a voluptuous body form. Image courtesy Swell Sculpture Festival.
How about after dark? From dusk, a selection of sculptures will be lit up to provide a fresh perspective on their charms.
There are also guided twilight walks led by senior curator of the Gold Coast Art Gallery Virginia Rigney and artist Dr Haya Cohen, as well as fire performers and live music on selected evenings.
In fact, there's so much else going on, you can almost forget the main drawcard is the collection of sculptures dotting the sand.
Education and erudition are as much priorities as exhibition and exploration, with daily artist talks, conversations with The 7.30 Report's Kathy McLeish, and childrens' workshops.
An artist masterclass will be held on 20 September which will allow participants to transform their own designs into finished pieces ready for firing. (Tip for prospective students: bring photos or sketches of your ideas for best results.)
The Swell Smalls Gallery is an exhibition of smaller works by exhibiting artists that will allow visitors to experience sculpture at an intimate level. Monte Lupo Arts' piece entitled Mermaid Sleeping'. Image courtesy Swell Sculpture Festival.
The nearby Swell Smalls Gallery will also allow festival-goers to sample sculptures on a smaller scale - and perhaps allow you to purchase scaled down works at an affordable price.
Other special features of the Swell Sculpture Festival include a treasure hunt, a street troupe, live T-shirt printing, a photography competition and gourmet eats.