Sculpture by the Sea

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Last weekend marked the beginning of the annual Sculpture by the Sea event at Bondi Beach. Held along the 2km stretch of coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach, it is one of the biggest free to public events in the world. Being first-timers there, Saucer and I headed to the beach early in the morning and reached there around 9.30am. We started from the Tamarama end of the walk, and saw an amazing view of the sea, the beach and the huge waves. The weather was brilliant and sunny too, which made pictures look excellent. Thankfully, the walk was bearable even though the crowd was unusually huge.

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Towards Tamarama Beach

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Crowd on the coastal walk

There were over 100 sculptures along the coastal walk and on the Tamarama Beach, but I only managed to capture a handful of them. Some of them did not make sense to me, but some of them were gorgeous! I guess I don’t really have an eye for art, so I try to take these sculptures with a pinch of salt. Here are some of the pictures I took, with the names at the bottom of each (as stated in the website):

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Pink Penguins

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“and in the endless pauses, there came a sound”

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The drogue

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Chadin

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April, cherry blossoms

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Transfuguration “wind” x

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Threshold

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Waterlily 2009

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The travellers have arrived

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In search of the sea

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Transition

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Kaleidoscope cube

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Luchtkasteel

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Dump

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Surprise

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Bamboo waves

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Poom

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Inside of Poom

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Tamarama Beach

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Clytie – I thought the baby head was a bit creepy

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Alga infinita

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Punk Frog

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Sumos

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Casting around – one of my favourites

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Mengenang (memories) – another of my favourites

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Mengenang (memories) – A closer look

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We are more similar than we are different

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Where do the children play?

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Knot standing – this is cute!

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It was an accident…

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Eridanus (background) and Paper Boats

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Midden

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Repose

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Organism

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The Chilly

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Ghost Net Crocodile

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Matryoshka

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Upside down again

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Upside down again – different view

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Suburban monument (ruin)

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Seas nest

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Mirador

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Saucer and witch with one of the sculptures

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View TM

At the Bondi end of the walk, there was a nice swimming pool owned by the Bondi Icebergs Swimming Club. While watching people swim in the calm pool, there were enormous waves crashing into the pool. It was such a contrast – the clear and still pool water, right next to the giant chopping waves of the sea. Just look at the huge wave crashing to the pool in the picture below – priceless!

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Bondi Icebergs swimming club

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Big waves at Bondi Beach

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Bondi Beach

The sunny weather that morning also meant that it was perfect for surfing and sun-bathing, as could be seen from the tanners on the Bondi Beach. When summer comes, the beach will get even more crowded. Hopefully by then, I would have my swimming suit with me! ;) The visit to the Sculpture by the Sea took us around 2 hours, with plenty to see and breath-taking views to soak in. If you happen to be in Sydney during this time, it would be an interesting event to go to, while trying to understand the meaning behind some of the art pieces.

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View from the coastal walk

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Along the route of Sculpture by the Sea

When: Thursday 18 October – Sunday 4 November 2012
Where: Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sydney, Australia
Enquiries: info@sculpturebythesea.com
Phone
: +61 2 8399 0233
Website: www.sculpturebythesea.com

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Comments

  1. says

    WOW!! this is amazing, just awesome sculptures along that 2KM beach.. i can tell you Malaysia will and can never have this, perhaps yes for just two days and all are destroyed!! haha… i love the swimming pool in the sea too!! so unique, did you have a dip in there??

    • says

      LOL about the comment on Malaysia.. :P The swimming pool is pretty awesome, literally just next to the sea. I did not swim there though, I still don’t have my swimming suit with me. Will definitely remember to bring it over this year end!

  2. says

    thanks for putting up all these pics! i think my favorite is the drogue… it fits into the landscape very well. but the pic of you and saucer with the ‘view’ is also very cool! :D

  3. says

    Very cool sculptures! The VIEW tm looks unreal.. almost like it was photoshopped into the picture. Love Midden as well.. what material is that? :D

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