Sculpture by the Sea
Byeong Doo Moon, i have been dreaming to be a tree… II, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2011. Photo Jacqueline White. 17 years ago, David Hanley pulled together a one-day sculpture exhibition along the cliffs of Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. Developed on a shoe-string budget, staffed entirely by volunteers and created …
17 years ago, David Hanley pulled together a one-day sculpture exhibition along the cliffs of Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. Developed on a shoe-string budget, staffed entirely by volunteers and created within a 10 week timeframe, the exhibition incredibly drew over one hundred submissions, and pulled an audience of 25,000. Sculpture by the Sea was born.
Today, Sculpture by the Sea boasts being the world’s largest annual public outdoor exhibition, attracting over half a million visitors across two weeks to the stunning coastal walk between Tamarama Beach and the iconic Bondi beach. Dotted along the cliff tops, nestled in the rocks, peering over escarpments and scattered across the sand, more than one hundred sculptures are installed every year, creating a wonderland of art and design. The sculptures are designed to excite, intrigue, challenge, amuse, fascinate and provoke. Hanley’s creative intent always was, and continues to be, for the power and majesty of sculpture to be experienced, and he describes the first time he walked along the coastal walk: “All around me I saw natural plinth after natural plinth where sculptures of all descriptions could be installed”.
The 2013 exhibition launched in late October, featuring 106 works from sculptors from 14 countries across the world. The beauty of the exhibition is in its ability to attract audiences who would not normally interact with art. There is something extraordinarily powerful and engaging about the works, and the location allows the artists to play further with the concepts of engagement and appeal. Sculpture by the Sea has become as iconic as it’s location, a must-see event for art lovers and the public each year.