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.
Towards Tamarama Beach
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):
“and in the endless pauses, there came a sound”
April, cherry blossoms
Transfuguration “wind” x
The travellers have arrived
In search of the sea
Inside of Poom
Clytie – I thought the baby head was a bit creepy
Casting around – one of my favourites
Mengenang (memories) – another of my favourites
Mengenang (memories) – A closer look
We are more similar than we are different
Where do the children play?
Knot standing – this is cute!
It was an accident…
Eridanus (background) and Paper Boats
Ghost Net Crocodile
Upside down again
Upside down again – different view
Suburban monument (ruin)
Saucer and witch with one of the sculptures
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!
Bondi Icebergs swimming club
Big waves at 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.
View from the coastal walk
Along the route of Sculpture by the Sea
When: Thursday 18 October – Sunday 4 November 2012
Where: Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sydney, Australia
Phone: +61 2 8399 0233