Sculpture by the sea 2011, Bondi beach, Sydney

Stephen Marr, NSW, The golden buddha's seaside holiday

Stephen Marr, NSW, The golden buddha's seaside holiday

Sculpture: The golden buddha’s seaside holiday
Artist: Stephen Marr, NSW
Materials:
Fibreglass, polychrome
Price:
$15,000
Statement:
This work is intended purely as a piece of fun, an injection of vibrant colour and cheeky character. Time out from all serious pursuits, celebrating a meeting of cultures.

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Sculpture by the sea at Sydney’s famous Bondi beach is the largest outdoor exhibition in Australia. Every year since its inception year in 1997, the coastal walk along Bondi to Tamarama Beach is transformed into a gigantic art gallery with sculptures inspired by all kinds of elements.

Bondi Iceberg, Bondi beach, Sydney

Bondi Iceberg, Bondi beach, Sydney

I like to take a leisurely stroll along the coastal walk to take in the view of these amazing works of art against the dramatic backdrop of breath-taking Sydney harbour.

People are attracted to this exhibition not only for the unique and often whimsical sculptures but because the venue at Bondi Beach in itself is a showcase of Sydney and Australia’s beach and surf lifestyle.

Children and adults alike are charmed by the beauty of these sculptures that aim to inspire, thought-provoke as well as remind us of the fragile and  precarious state of our natural environment.

We are indeed lucky to have such beautiful and natural seascapes upon which these sculptures are displayed.

Alan & Jule Aston, ACT, simply black and white 2010

Alan & Jule Aston, ACT, Simply black and white 2010

Sculpture: Simply black and white 2010
Artist: 
Alan & Jule Aston, ACT
Materials:
Resin, fibreglass, treated wood and steel
Price: $8,450 each
Statement: It is refreshing to see black and white in lines, the clarity and simplicity of this herd of zebras is exhilarating and uplifting.

Samuel Chamberlain, NSW, Windswept

Samuel Chamberlain, NSW, Windswept

Sculpture: Windswept
Artist:
Samuel Chamberlain, NSW
Materials:
Hot zinc coated, painted steel
Price: $22,000
Statement: The persistence of humanity, the endurance of nature.

Hiroyuki Kita, Japan, A guidepost for the wind

Hiroyuki Kita, Japan, A guidepost for the wind

Sculpture: A guidepost for the wind
Artist:
Hiroyuki Kita, Japan
Materials:
Stainless steel, ball bearings, steel, paint
Price: $70,000
Statement: Do you know the destination of the wind? Would you sense the wind with me through this work?

Peter Tilley, NSW, Domestic bliss

Peter Tilley, NSW, Domestic bliss

Sculpture: Domestic bliss
Artist:
Peter Tilley, NSW
Materials:
Bronze, corten steel
Price: $14,000
Statement: Contemplating the next move in an ordinary domestic situation.

Sandra Pitkin, NSW, dance

Sandra Pitkin, NSW, Dance

Sculpture: Dance
Artist:
Sandra Pitkin, NSW
Materials:
Copper rod, stainless steel, brass
Price: $29,000
Statement: “We came whirling out of nothingness scattering stars like dust. The stars made a circle and in the middle we dance.” – Rumi

John Fitzmaurice, NSW, you wish

John Fitzmaurice, NSW, You wish

Sculpture: You wish
Artist:
John Firzmaurice, NSW
Materials:
Polished stainless steel
Price: $24,000
Statement: A monocoque sculpture inspired by the natural shape and sensual lines of a wishbone.

Georg Mayerhanser, Germany, Angel is born

Georg Mayerhanser, Germany, Angel is born

Sculpture: Angel is born
Artist:
 Georg Mayerhanser, Germany
Materials:
Stainless steel, timber
Price: POA
Statement: I was allowed to form you, to fall in love with you and possess you for a brief moment … But angels must be free.

Margarita Sampson, NSW, The yearning

Margarita Sampson, NSW, The yearning

Sculpture: The yearning
Artist:Margarita Sampson
Materials: New and recycled textiles
Price: Not for sale
Statement: “Gonna git you, sucka!” Big thank you to all the slug army.

Lucy Barker, NSW, Sea change

Lucy Barker, NSW, Sea change

Sculpture: Sea change
Artist: Lucy Barker, NSW
Materials: Polypropylene chair webbing
Price: This artwork can be recreated by the artist for $2,600.
Statement: A colourful reminder to slow down, a place to meditate on the things that have changed and those that have stayed the same.

Nawurapu Wunungmurra, NT, Mokuy 2010

Nawurapu Wunungmurra, NT, Mokuy 2010

Sculpture: Mokuy 2010
Artist: Nawurapu Wunungmurra
Materials: Bronze
Price: $16,500 each or $75,000 for a set of 5.
Statement: These are our spirits dancing their final ceremony om this dimension before continuing their cycle through the water into the next.

Juan Pablo Pinto & Clary Akon, NSW, The nail

Juan Pablo Pinto & Clary Akon, NSW, The nail

Sculpture: The nail
Artist: Juan Pablo Pinto & Clary Akon, NSW
Materials: Galvanised steel
Price: $18,500
Statement: When the scale of something familiar is radically altered it forces us to reconsider the aspects of life we take for granted.

Ken Unsworth AM, NSW, Look this way

Ken Unsworth AM, NSW, Look this way

Sculpture: Look this way
Artist: Ken Unsworth AM, NSW
Materials: Steel, re-enforced fibreglass
Price: POA
Statement: With the hope to astonish and confuse. Questioning the mind of the viewer.

Andrew Rogers, Mount 1

Andrew Rogers, Mount 1

Ayad Alqaragholli, Heavenly kiss

Ayad Alqaragholli, Heavenly kiss

Korban / Flaubert, NSW, Out

Korban / Flaubert, NSW, Out

Sculpture: Out
Artist: Korban / Flaubert, NSW
Materials: Corten steel
Price: $55,000
Statement: The work describes a shout: the sound from mouth to sky bursts out into infinity; a massive sudden projection of energy out to the endless sea.

Peter Lundberg, Laindjung

Peter Lundberg, Laindjung

Tom Bass AM, NSW, Roundabout

Tom Bass AM, NSW, Roundabout

Scuplture: Roundabout
Artist: Tom Bass, NSW
Material: Steel
Price: $63,000
Statement: The work is part of a collection of work the artist designed in the 70′s for exploring form and new materials. Originally fabricated in fibreglass.

Wang Shugang, China, Meeting 1 2009

Wang Shugang, China, Meeting 1 2009

Wang Shugang, China, Meeting 1 2009

Wang Shugang, China, Meeting 1 2009

Scuplture: Meeting 1 2009
Artist: Wang Shugang, China
Materials: Painted bronze
Price: $39,000 each
Statement: All kind of meetings influence the way of thinking, the psyche and the consciousness of people, as well as their way of life. This sculpture converts the serious aspect of life into an exhilarating memorial. A dispute and contradiction of form and content.

Kashell Robertson-Swann, NSW, Little lady

Kashell Robertson-Swann, NSW, Little lady

Scuplture: Little lady
Artist: Kashell Robertson-Swann
Materials: Mild steel
Price: $28,000
Statement: This work is inspired by an elegant, well-dressed lady, who has been caught in a gust of wind and had her feathers rustled.

Sculpture by the sea*

Sculpture by the sea*

Sculpture by the sea*

Sculpture by the sea*

Sculpture by the sea*

Sculpture by the sea*

Michael Le Grand, ACT, Goshu 2007

Michael Le Grand, ACT, Goshu 2007

Sculpture: Goshu 2007
Artist: Michael Le Grand
Materials: Painted steel
Price: $40,000
Statement: None.

Gary Deirmendjian, NSW, "do not ..."

Gary Deirmendjian, NSW, "do not ..."

Artist: Gary Diermendjian
Materials: Polystyrene, timber, urethane (hardened)
Price: $15,000
Statement: As an artist and citizen, as a partner and father, as a human being … I object to your ways … you regulating priests of cution and conformity.

Paul Selwood, Paradiegma Metaphysic 2011

Paul Selwood, Paradiegma Metaphysic 2011

Tony Davis, WA, Shrine pod, meditation portal

Tony Davis, WA, Shrine pod, meditation portal

Sculpture: Shrine pod, meditation portal
Materials: Jarrah timber, steel
Price: $36,000
Statement:  Stripping nature bare in contemplation of life’s cycle in balance.

Sir Anthony Caro OM, England, Aurora 2005

Sir Anthony Caro OM, England, Aurora 2005

Sculpture: Aurora 2005
Artist: Sir Anthony Caro OM
Materials: Painted steel
Price: POA
Statement: The work went through many stages to finally achieve what the artist wanted. A challenge to resolve a problem, Aurora was painted red to identify it as sculpture and to lift its emotional impact.

Richard Tipping, NSW, Private poetry 2010

Richard Tipping, NSW, Private poetry 2010

Sculpture: Private poetry 2010
Artist: Richard Tipping, NSW
Materials: Aluminium
Price: $1,600
Statement: Since 1979 the artist has been re-imagining the templates of official sign-language to make poetic word works which are self-contained as ‘idea icons’.

Sculpture by the sea*

Sculpture by the sea*

R. M. (Eon) Gomboc, WA, Together in balance

R. M. (Eon) Gomboc, WA, Together in balance

Sculpture: Together in balance
Artist: R. M. (Eon) Gomboc, WA
Materials: Copper
Price: $60,000
Statement: Spiritual balance – sea and land.

Michael Purdy, NSW, Tectonic

Michael Purdy, NSW, Tectonic

Sculpture: Tectonic
Artist: Michael Purdy, NSW
Materials: Sandstone, steel
Price: $65,000
Statement: Natural forces have bent and distorted stone to shape our world. The work explores the paradox of bending stone and expressions the magnitude of those forces.

Thomas Misura, NSW, Memory

Thomas Misura, NSW, Memory

Sculpture: Together in balance
Artist: Thomas Misura
Materials: Forged marine (316) stainless steel
Price: $58,000
Statement: This work is about the roots that connect us to the ground and to our sense of self, as we stand alone adapting to our environment.

Bert Fugelman AM, NSW, Ammonite 2006

Bert Fugelman AM, NSW, Ammonite 2006

Sculpture: Ammonite 2006
Artist: Bert Fugelman AM, NSW
Materials: Corten steel
Price: $82,000
Statement: From figurative abstractions to geometric speculations. Endless space to explore, scribble and discover.

Simon McGrath, NSW, Who left the tap running?

Simon McGrath, NSW, Who left the tap running?

Simon McGrath, NSW, Who left the tap running?

Simon McGrath, NSW, Who left the tap running?

Sculpture: Who left the tap running?
Artist: Simon Mcgrath, NSW
Materials: Fibreglass
Price: $60,000
Statement: Through humour the artist would like viewers to consider their role in our environmental predicament.

Bronwyn Berman, NSW, Spindrift 2010

Bronwyn Berman, NSW, Spindrift 2010

Sculpture: Spindrift 2010
Artist: Bronwyn Berman, NSW
Materials: Stainless steel, timber, aluminium, stone
Price: $25,000
Statement: Represents the actions of wind and water. The spiral is the flow of the fluid elements, the action forms the plant and mineral matter.

Clara Hali, NSW, Cliff face

Clara Hali, NSW, Cliff face

Sculpture: Cliff face
Artist: Clara Hali, NSW
Materials: Bronze, corten steel
Price: $46,000
Statement: None.

*Sculpture by the sea

*Sculpture by the sea

Robert Hague, VIC, Aporia II

Robert Hague, VIC, Aporia II

Sculpture: Aporia II
Artist: Robert Hague, VIC
Materials: Marine grade stainless steel, recycled timber
Price: $44,000
Statement: We dream of navigating a great ocean to a place called home.

Byeong Doo Moon, South Korea, I have been dreaming to be a tree ... II

Byeong Doo Moon, South Korea, I have been dreaming to be a tree ... II

Sculpture: I have been dreaming to be a tree … II
Artist: Byeong Doo Moon, South Korea
Materials: Stainless steel
Price: $58,000
Statement: Transforming a cold mass of steel into an organic, fragile and flowing elegance. Exploring the possibilities of the ancient craft of blacksmithing.

Ben Fasham, VIC, Trinity

Ben Fasham, VIC, Trinity

Sculpture: Trinity
Artist: Ben Fasham, VIC
Materials: Stainless steel, corten steel
Price: $22,500
Statement: Trinity is the moulding of three units into one.

Alison Lee Cousland, NSW, 11:11

Alison Lee Cousland, NSW, 11:11

Sculpture: 11:11
Artist: Alison Lee Cousland, NSW
Materials: Perspex, resin
Price: $11,000
Statement: All places on our planet are unique and special. As ‘inner sacredness’ is activated, we come to recognise a sacred place as if for the first time. 11:11, a universal gateway, dedicated to world peace. Releasing the past. Being grounded in the present. Welcoming the future.

Chava Kuchar, NSW, The hazard

Chava Kuchar, NSW, The hazard

Sculpture: The hazard
Artist: Chava Kuchar
Materials: Synthetic grass, metal, cloth
Price: $2,000
Statement: A hazard is a feature on a golf course designed to obstruct a golfer’s play – in this case the Pacific ocean.

Orest Keywan, NSW, Above the line

Orest Keywan, NSW, Above the line

Sculpture: Above the line
Artist: Orest Keywan, NSW
Materials: Steel, polymer
Price: $110,000
Statement: None.

Sculpture by the sea*

Hannah Kidd, New Zealand, Toads on tour

Hannah Kidd, New Zealand, Toads on tour

Hannah Kidd, New Zealand, Toads on tour

Sculpture: Toads on tour
Materials: Steel corrugated iron
Price: $25,000
Statement: Characters from the 1988 film, ‘An unnatural history’ have packed their precious cane toads and taken them on tour to better promote the human / toad relationship.

k. m. s. e., WA, The best of Perth

k. m. s. e., WA, The best of Perth

Sculpture: The best of Perth
Artist: k. m. s. e., WA
Materials: Found objects
Price: Not for sale
Statement: Where everything comes together, the most isolated city in the world. A piece running parallel to Yoko Ono’s “Sky TV”.

Sculpture by the sea*

Sang Bong Lee, Girl longing for the sea

Fatih Semiz, VIC, Isometric trinity

Fatih Semiz, VIC, Isometric trinity

Sculpture: Isometric trinity
Materials: Stainless steel
Price: $33,000
Statement: Three times lucky; three wishes; timeless illusions …

Stephen Thomson & Jonas Allen, Message in a bottle

Stephen Thomson & Jonas Allen, Message in a bottle

Yoshio Nitta, Japan, Pot will fly 2011 - 2

Yoshio Nitta, Japan, Pot will fly 2011 - 2

Sculpture: Pot will fly 2011-2
Artist: Yoshio Nitta, Japan
Materials: Copper, resin with fibreglass, stainless steel
Price: $37,000
Statement: The artist would like to carry the beautiful sky in this pot to you.

Corey Thomas, VIC, The midget attacks

Corey Thomas, VIC, The midget attacks

Sculpture: The midget attacks
Artist: Corey Thomas, VIC
Materials: Steel, fibreglass
Price: $20,000
Statement: The work remembers the attack on Sydney harbour by midget submarines. It interfaces a whale, signifying recent sympathies in marine conservation.

Poul Baekhoj, Denmark, Screwing by the sea

Poul Baekhoj, Denmark, Screwing by the sea

Sculpture: Screwing by the sea
Artist: Poul Baekhoj
Materials: Granite
Price: $32,000
Statement: Sculpture is my language, my work is my statement.

Mark Swartz, Reuben Solomon & Charmaine Tung, NSW, Tortoise

Mark Swartz, Reuben Solomon & Charmaine Tung, NSW, Tortoise

Sculpture: Tortoise
Materials: Recyclyed timber, used tyres
Price: $18,000
Statement: After carrying us thousands of kilometres, discarded tyres prepared for landfill are reborn as a weary tortoise inviting us to shelter in its home.

Marcus Tatton, TAS, The ruin

Marcus Tatton, TAS, The ruin

Sculpture: The ruin
Artist: 
Marcus Tatton, TAS
Materials: Eucalyptus, steel, wire
Price: $65,000
Statement: We view our world as a global home and the weather is beating down on us. We consume parts of our home to keep progressing and …

Geoff Harvey, NSW, Birds of a feather (A curious flock)

Geoff Harvey, NSW, Birds of a feather (A curious flock)

Sculpture: Birds of a feather (A curious flock)
Artist: 
Geoff Harvey, NSW
Materials: Wooden oars, wood, steel, cast aluminium, paint
Price: Oar birds $3,300 each, cast birds $4,500 each
Statement: For “Harry” my father who instilled in me his love of native birds

Senden Blackwood, NSW, Ioka

Senden Blackwood, NSW, Ioka

Sculpture: Ioka
Artist: 
Senden Blackwood, NSW
Material: Basalt, steel
Price: $38,000
Statement: Symbolic of the origins of life, a germinating seed or a nurturing womb with its umbilical connection.

Lee Tribe, USA, Bird of paradise 1992

Lee Tribe, USA, Bird of paradise 1992

Sculpture: Bird of paradise 1992
Artist: 
Lee Tribe, USA
Materials: Steel, paint
Price: $25,000
Statement: Steel is the artist’s chosen material. His early work was influenced by industry, recently he has been trying to use it in new ways.

Coastal walk heading north from Tamarama beach to Bondi beach

Coastal walk heading north from Tamarama beach to Bondi beach

Matthew Harding, VIC, Quiescence

Matthew Harding, VIC, Quiescence

Sculpture: Quiescence
Artist: 
Matthew Harding, VIC
Materials: Corten steel
Price: $36,000
Statement: Encapsulates the transitory nesting phase of seeds while symbolising our potential inner vitality awaiting the optimum conditions to be brought to fruition.

Belinda Villani, NSW, The predators in the park

Belinda Villani, NSW, The predators in the park

Sculpture: The predators in the park
Artist: 
Belinda Villani, NSW
Materials: Woven rattan over zinc plated steel
Price: $4,500, $3,700 and $3,500
Statement: Come lie down with the predators in the park.

James Rogers, NSW, Hokusai's child

James Rogers, NSW, Hokusai's child

Sculpture: Hokusai’s child
Artist: 
James Rogers, NSW
Materials: Oiled steel
Price: $25,000
Statement: An allegorical  sculpture depicting the movement of  water than can deliver huge volumes of both joy and destruction.

Jane Gillings, NSW, Provenance (A gift frame)

Jane Gillings, NSW, Provenance (A gift frame)

Sculpture: Provenance (A gift frame)
Artist: 
Jane Gillings, NSW
Materials: Wood, metal, discarded plastic
Price: $8,500
Statement: Does anyone really own anything?

Iconic: Bondi beach, Sydney, Australia

Iconic: Bondi beach, Sydney, Australia

So dear readers, which is your favourite sculpture in the entire exhibition?

Admissions to Sculpture by the sea is free of charge. Catalogue and site map is $10.

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22 Responses to Sculpture by the sea 2011, Bondi beach, Sydney

  1. I love this event and look forward to it every year. A wonderful post to read on a greay Friday morning :)

  2. Wow, such a great exhibition in such a great environment! I’d love to see it with my own eyes!

  3. Carolyn Jung says:

    These are AMAZING! One more awe-inspiring than another. Though, I must say I am partial to the giant faucet. Talk about whimsy! ;)

  4. Baby Sumo says:

    Some really cool art pieces :)

  5. betty says:

    love sculptures by the sea this yr :)

  6. Sissi says:

    The sculptures are amazing. It’s even more amazing that Sydney is so close to such a place!

  7. msihua says:

    Oh wow! That’s a really fun event to go too! I shudder to think of what the local council/government will next buy and place in strategic locations in NSW.. remember those little balls on stick thin that’s near Kings Cross? *shudder*

  8. I love this event — wonder if something similar exists in the shores of Florida :)

  9. jaded says:

    I love Sculpture By The Sea. Man-made art strewn across Mother Nature’s own works of art. Yearly reminder to simply stop and enjoy.

  10. This is super interesting! Pretty amazing that there are so many of sculptures there. I was thinking the sculpture (deer one) that is dreaming to be a tree can be a great Christmas ornaments decorations… :-)

  11. Dolly says:

    awww i missed out this year..

  12. What a fantastic event -I’d love to attend one some time

  13. Hotly Spiced says:

    Wow! I feel as if I’ve almost been there. You must have spent hours at this exhibition. So lovely to see so many and such diverse sculptures.

  14. I love SBTS but sadly ran out of time to see it this year! Ah well! Thanks for the pics!

  15. Amanda says:

    Fabulous pics, thanks. I’ve never been to this, but we hear great things about it every year.
    I’m particularly taken with the wonderful Buddha – very cool.

  16. sugarpuffi says:

    i cant believe the Buddha is made from fibreglass! seems like such a waste of material and money when it could be done with bronze =.= the overall effect looks like gold plated bronze too.

    really like the deer one!

  17. Ann says:

    Those are pretty amazing! I think I like “The Birth of an Angel” and “I’ve been dreaming of being a Tree” the most (I don’t know if I have the titles exactly right). They had some pretty funny ones, too! The “Who left the tap on” was GREAT!

    Thanks for sharing! No wonder everyone loves attending!

  18. Kimby says:

    Thank you for the fantastic sculpture tour! I especially liked your phrase “celebrating a meeting of the cultures” (echoed by the statement in Meeting 1 2009 about how those meetings influence our psyche and way of life.) So much to celebrate and SO glad to have met you!

    My favorite? Domestic Bliss. It was nice to see the ordinary, everyday decisions we make in our own homes (and kitchens) expressed in tangible form. Thanks, too, for the time you spent on sharing this event with us — much appreciated!

  19. Spectacular!!!!
    I really liked this post, God I hope I get to see this wonderful exhibition with my own eyes… But trust me your pictures made me feel as if I am there.
    Really wonderful ….

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