Cottesloe Beach has played host to quite a few events lately. The Australia Day Challenge took place on January 26 and last month, it was the time for the swimmers in the annual Rottnest Channel Swim to line the water’s edge.
Now its time for a bit of culture! The eighth annual Sculpture by the Sea has just started. Following in Sydney’s footsteps, the many and varied sculptures are on show for two weeks with visitors expected to excede last year’s record of 215,000 people. It’s wonderful to see so many people looking, touching, discussing the sculptures and voting for their favourite. Buses of school children visit every day to take part in programmes specially designed to introduce them to the world of sculpture.
From the grassy banks overlooking the beach, to the groyne and along the beachfront, these sculptures have been designed for their unique position.
The first sculpture I see is Wang Shugang’s intriguing group of red men – painted, bronze sculptures titled ‘Meeting 1’
Bruce Radke is a popular artist in Western Australia and his sculpture ‘Overture’ does not disappoint.
Amongst the dunes in front of the Cottesloe Surf Club, is one of my favourite sculptures – Wendy McGrath’s ‘Red shoes: surge’.
The programme mentions that this represents “A crowd of hand made red shoes surges over the embankment, speaking of climate change global migration and refugees.”
During the morning I notice that children are always wanting to touch WA sculptor, Kathy Allam’s work ‘Dream Cloud’ to see what it felt like . Made of fibreglass and glass nuggets, little voices comment that it reminds them of marbles. Yes, they still know what marbles are!
Walking out to the groyne, I pass Margaret Sampson’s yellow, black and pink slugs dotted amongst the rocks. They are part of her sculpture titled ‘The Yearning’
The groyne is the perfect place for ‘Lighthouse’ by Tony Jones but Melanie Maclou’s large red aluminium sculpture ‘ Entomophily demands our attention on the way.
Many of the sculptures are on the sand with the stunning Indian Ocean providing a perfect backdrop.
There has been a lot of talk about West Australian sculptor, Robin Yakinthou’s work titled ‘Just another conversation’
Paul Boekhoj from Denmark has also created a lot of interest with his sculpture ‘Screwing by the Sea’
Shopping trolleys feature in West Australian artist, Matthew McVeigh’s work ‘The New Covenant’- part of a series exploring consumerism. The miniature below shows how the holographic etched perspex illuminates after sunset.
Sculptures can take many different forms including this collaboration between NSW artist Bjorn Godwin and Danish artist, Jette Geji
Jean Marc Rivalland, another West Australian sculptor has already sold his sculpture called ‘Vehicle’
The Japanese sculptors are always very popular with the crowd and again, many have had pieces accepted for this years show.
Last year, Chen Wenling won the People’ s Choice award for his massive sculpture, Red Memory Smile. This year his work, ‘Childhood – Morning’, is also very popular. It is certainly one of my favourites!
For me the sculpture that best sums up this year’s Sculpture by the Sea is by Lucy Vader from NSW.
Which is your favourite sculpture ?
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