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Sculpture by the Sea

10/03/2014
Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia

Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia

I LOVE THE THOUGHT OF AN ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO BRINGING ART TO THE PEOPLE. TO ORDINARY, EVERY DAY PEOPLE. ESPECIALLY ON SUCH A GORGEOUS SETTING AS AN AUSTRALIAN BEACH.

I’ve attended Sculpture by the Sea twice – firstly, a few years ago when it was held on Rockingham Beach, the second on the weekend just gone down at Cottesloe Beach. Both times I have attended it was late afternoon moving into dusk, which I believe is the perfect time to experience Sculpture by the Sea.

As the sun sets across the sand, clouds and water, the scenery sets the perfect backdrop for the art on display, with the changing light adding to the impact of many of the sculptures.

WHAT IS SCULPTURE BY THE SEA?

The inaugural Sculpture by the Sea was held in Sydney in 1995. In 2005, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe was launched, to bring the experience to the west of Australia, and has since seen over 316 artists from around the world install over 531 sculptures along the coastline, transforming the iconic Cottesloe beach into a temporary sculpture park for hundreds and thousands of people to enjoy, free. The exhibition has now grown from a visitation of 25,000 – 30,000 in 2005 to 220,000 in 2013.

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe sees over 70 national and international artists installing their works along Cottesloe beach for the 18 day exhibition, which runs from 7 – 24 March 2014, with entry free.

THE EXPERIENCE

On Saturday I witnessed a whole lot of people living in the moment, and it was a beautiful site to see.  There is something to be said about seeing kids and adults running around the beach in awe of artwork in an unusual setting. There were also your art aficionados, but this wasn’t overwhelming. There was a balance of art with the experience of seeing something unusual by the sea.

Of course, there were a lot of kids (and some adults) who couldn’t hold back from climbing all over some of the sculptures…with many parents disregarding the ‘please note touch the artwork’ signs, but in a setting such as this and with so much electricity and excitement in the air, I know it was a bit hard to hold the kids (and the adults) back!

Another beautiful observation was the amount of people with their cameras and smartphones out taking photos.  It was especially awesome seeing kids expressing their creativity with different angles and viewpoints – and not selfies! D’s son, Mason, was with us, and he had the camera and his iPad going the whole time we were there. The minute we got home he was on the iPad playing around with the photos, testing out different effects and settings, and sharing them with his friends.

For those of us who sometimes worry that creativity and art is a dying thing, well, it’s moments like these that demonstrate that it’s not. If anything, it demonstrates that we need more things like Sculpture by the Sea.

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe

THE DETAILS

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe is an 18 day exhibition, running from 7 – 24 March 2014.

For those intending to go, here are a few tips. BYO hat, water and sunscreen. Parking was a nightmare. People can be pretty pushy. For those wanting fish and chips, well – the queues were pretty bad!

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