Sculpture by the Sea is in its tenth year at Cottesloe Beach, showcasing works by 74 sculptors, including 25 international artists. The exhibition stretches across the beach, the surrounding lawn and along Cottesloe Groyne.
The sculpture that’s attracted the most interest this year is ‘Bulk carrier’, affectionately known by the Perth public as “the giant goon bag“, by WA artist Norton Flavel. “Giant” is accurate; you’ll see it long before your feet hit the sand.
- Cottesloe Beach
- 7 to 24 March 2014
- Free entry (donations welcome)
- Catalogues are available onsite for $10 and include an exhibition map.
- There are Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions at Bondi Beach, Sydney and Aarhus, Denmark.
It was a busy morning, with lots of people out to see the sculptures, genuine beach-goers swimming or sunbathing, and the Cottesloe surf lifesavers training on the beach. As I watched them racing into the water, I couldn’t help thinking about our very different lives. I go to the beach fewer than five times a year and I’m as comfortable in the surf as a Persian cat.
The goon bag looks even more impressive up close. It’s for sale at AU$20,000. Got some space in your backyard? It would be the ultimate party centrepiece.
There’s a lot more to see, of course. I’ll leave you surprises to discover for yourself.
What to do after all that culture? A visit to Red Spoon across the road on Marine Parade, for gelato and frozen yoghurt.
I chose gelato – a scoop each of banana and tiramisu. Jac had a large cup of wild berry and pomegranate frozen yoghurt. The yoghurt looked like toothpaste (and, disconcertingly, like Jamie Oliver’s pink slime) but Jac assured me it was delicious, especially the pomegranate.