Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2015

Last weekend we met up for family afternoon tea at Cottesloe Beach so we could see Sculpture by the Sea, now in its 11th year. We had a potluck picnic of cheese and crackers, pickles, cold meats (roast pork, salami and turkey), fruit, cookies and slices of Juji’s homemade butter pound cake.

Like previous years, the exhibition stretched across the beach, along Cottesloe Groyne, and peppered the surrounding lawns. The kids had a great time exploring the sculptures. Because of forecasted storms and strong winds, some of the exhibits were partially disassembled, which was a little disappointing, but of course we understood the need to prevent damage to the sculptures and ensure beach-goers would be safe.

We had dinner before we went home – homemade pizzas and a box of fresh hot chips, a seaside treat!

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe
Cottesloe Beach
6 to 23 March 2015 (you’ve got just a few days left)
Free entry (donations welcome)
70 exhibitors from 10 countries
Catalogues are available onsite for $10 and include map of the exhibits

Other Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions:

My photos below capture only some of the exhibits and provide just a snapshot of our afternoon at the beach. We had a terrific time and hope to make it an annual outing.

Cheese and crackers, cold meats, fruit and homemade pound cake Cheese and crackers, cold meats, fruit and homemade pound cake

Can't talk, eating. Can’t talk, eating.

The young conductor The young conductor

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Let's go see sculptures! Let’s go see sculptures! (And a chorus from parents, aunties and uncle: “Kids, WALK down the stairs!”)

Water dreaming by Warlukurlangu Collaboration - PVC balls Water dreaming by Warlukurlangu Collaboration – PVC balls

DSCF8129In the background, My home is your home by Ken Unsworth was partially disassembled because of forecasted storms.

Babies three pieces by David Cerny - metalized fibreglass, steel Yep – you’ve been mooned. Babies three pieces by David Cerny – metalized fibreglass, steel

Mi no 5 by Wendi Zhang - stainless steel mesh Mi no 5 by Wendi Zhang – stainless steel mesh


Zoe and Caleb in the House of mirrors by NEON - mirror finish stainless steel, gabion cages Zoe and Caleb in the House of mirrors by NEON – mirror finish stainless steel, gabion cages

Ruby in the House of mirrors by NEON - mirror finish stainless steel, gabion cages Ruby in the House of mirrors

Hearts in paradise by Ayad Alqaragholli - silicon bronze Hearts in paradise by Ayad Alqaragholli – silicon bronze

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Sea anemone by Rebecca Rose - steel Sea anemone by Rebecca Rose – steel

DSCF8179The kids all agreed they’d love a sea anemone in their backyard

Primordial by Tony Davis - Western Australian black butt, Wandoo jarrah, steel Primordial by Tony Davis – Western Australian black butt, Wandoo jarrah, steel

When the photographer is too slow to get to the scene... #selfiesculpture by Lucy Barker - perspex, acrylic, aluminium, medium-density fibreboard, LEDs When the photographer is too slow to get to the scene…I ran across the sand but was too late – Zoe was already leaving! But you know, I like the imperfection of this shot. #selfiesculpture by Lucy Barker – perspex, acrylic, aluminium, medium-density fibreboard, LEDs

#thestormiemillsproject (pink bunnyman) by Stormie Mills - polyurethane, steel and Cube melt - transition by Hugh McLachlan - highly polished marine grade stainless steel, corten steel Many of you will have seen #thestormiemillsproject (pink bunnyman) by Stormie Mills at the Perth Fringe Festival recently. Also in this picture is Cube melt – transition by Hugh McLachlan – highly polished marine grade stainless steel, corten steel

DSCF8263-2Sisters by Russell Sheridan – composite fibre. The debate we overheard: “Is she carrying a dog or a goat?”

Besides the pineapple hanging from the fishing rod, my favourite detail from Sisters by Russell Sheridan, a dog 'playing the cello' Besides the pineapple hanging from the fishing rod, this busy dog was my favourite detail from Sisters by Russell Sheridan – in our household (where the cats do this too) we call this pose ‘playing the cello’

Detail from Sisters by Russell Sheridan - composite fibre Detail from Sisters by Russell Sheridan, with Zoe and Caleb crawling (“We’re dogs, Auntie Cyn!”)

Arion vulgaris by Angus Adameitis - painted steel, polyurethane Arion vulgaris by Angus Adameitis – painted steel, polyurethane

Man on ball by Wang Shugang - painted bronze (5 men squatting on balls) Man on ball by Wang Shugang – painted bronze (5 men squatting on balls)

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Cultural complexities of a wandering spirit by Marwah Eid  - stainless steel, brass Cultural complexities of a wandering spirit by Marwah Eid – stainless steel, brass

For the love of sculpture by Claire Davenhall - fibreglass, steel, chameleon paint.  This piece changed colour as it turned. For the love of sculpture by Claire Davenhall – fibreglass, steel, chameleon paint. The bottle caps change colour as you turn the sculpture.

Harbour by Chen Wenling - painted bronze. Harbour by Chen Wenling – painted bronze.

A typical scenario - a photographer waits patiently to take his/her shot. Turning stones by Virginia King - marine grade stainless steel A typical scenario – a photographer waits patiently to take his/her shot. Turning stones by Virginia King – marine grade stainless steel

Victory or revenge by Tim Burns - steel, fibregrass, Balga trees Victory or revenge by Tim Burns – steel, fibregrass, Balga trees

Dinner: homemade pizzas and a box of hot chips Dinner: homemade pizzas and a box of hot chips

Shoes back on before we head home Shoes back on before we head home

Warrior by Peter Lundberg - cast concrete, earth pigments Warrior by Peter Lundberg – cast concrete, earth pigments. This piece is quite a way from the rest of the other sculptures. Jac and I passed it on our walk back to our car parked at South Cottesloe beach. I always joke that Jac goes out of her way to find the farthest parking spot she can. It was a nice walk, anyway.

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  • Craig Hind

    Looks like you had a great day. I love Sculpture By The Sea when it’s on in Sydney. I wonder if we’ll get the same artwork that you did in October?

    • I reckon some the same, some different. I’ll be interested to see which (if any) of our Western Australian pieces end up on display at Bondi.