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Sculpture by the Sea

A very open air Gallery

Every year the coastal walk between Bondi and Bronte is transformed for three weeks in to a seaside art gallery. This exhibition of sculpture has been running since 1997. This is one of Sydney’s most popular cultural events only being out shined by the Vivid Festival in July. Every year it grows and becomes more and more interesting, attracting artist from all over the globe. This exhibition attracts more than 500,000 visitors every year over the three weeks it is on.

The steady flow of people makes the experience never seem to crowded or busy. Good weather is forecast so start early and you won’t be disappointed.

The new addition to the exhibition is a housed gallery of smaller works that has never been present in the past. This allows for more ambient and intricate work to be displayed along side the gigantic pieces. One of the most amazing things about this walk / gallery is the variety of works. The scale and variety of ideas has always been the talking point. The crowd pleasers and abstract its all here. If you don’t like one of the works of art just keep walking you will surely find a work that will intrigue and interest you.

Its a great place to meet with friends for lunch or a picnic.

Mixed amongst the surfers and the sunbathers are the works of art. Some sit in precarious places, hanging or sitting beyond the reach of any of the passers by. The idea of much of the exhibition is to make the art work available to everyone, the creator David Handley’s wish was to have a major free public arts event for Sydney after experiencing events like opera in the park. The original event was put together in the span of 10 weeks after David couldn’t get a movie idea off the ground.

If you would like to dig a bit deeper than just eyeballing the art work there are catalogues available from the information marquees for $10 each. Also educational talks by the artists and an education program schools. For people with disabilities there are free Tactile tours. So why not give the coastal walk a try. Areas of the beach streets have been closed off to the public to preserve the parking for the local residents. So you may have to park a few streets back and watch your timing as the parking attendants are out in force. However most of the street parking in the area is free for two hours. Enjoy! 

Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it.


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