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
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
Can’t talk, eating.
The young conductor
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
In the background, My home is your home by Ken Unsworth was partially disassembled because of forecasted storms.
Yep – you’ve been mooned. Babies three pieces by David Cerny – metalized fibreglass, steel
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
Ruby in the House of mirrors
Hearts in paradise by Ayad Alqaragholli – silicon bronze
Sea anemone by Rebecca Rose – steel
The kids all agreed they’d love a sea anemone in their backyard
Primordial by Tony Davis – Western Australian black butt, Wandoo jarrah, steel
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
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
Sisters 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, 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, with Zoe and Caleb crawling (“We’re dogs, Auntie Cyn!”)
Arion vulgaris by Angus Adameitis – painted steel, polyurethane
Man on ball by Wang Shugang – painted bronze (5 men squatting on balls)
Cultural complexities of a wandering spirit by Marwah Eid – stainless steel, brass
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.
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
Dinner: homemade pizzas and a box of hot chips
Shoes back on before we head home
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.
art, beach, Cottesloe, family, Sculpture by the Sea 6