Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sculpture by the sea 2009

Last weekend I went to see "Sculpture by the Sea" the annual sculpture exhibition and competition held on the headland between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach in Sydney. The wind was fairly strong so we could watch many intrepid surfers tackling the waves at Bondi as we walked along the coastline.
This is Bondi (above) and Tamarama (below)

This exhibit reminded me of your work, Jane.

I did love these fat little bronze men mirrored below the plinths.

This one was made out of cut sections of plastic pipe arranged in a honeycomb pattern. It was in the path of the tide so was gradually being eroded away over the 2 weeks of the exhibition.

Horses seemed to be a popular inspiration this year - this one beautifully woven with amazing detail.

You can see more of the detail below.

This rather buxom beauty was made out of old car parts, particularly the door frames. You can tell the scale from my son beside it.

You couldn't escape the natural sculpture of the rocks themselves, but this last exhibit reminded me so much of summer school and Janet Edmonds' repetitive shapes. These knotted strands were about 5 or 6 feet in length and appeared to be made out of hundreds of discs of resin, about the size of your hand. They matched the stone colourings and hung swaying in the breeze - definitely my favourite for the day.