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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Beach, Sydney


Sydney's famed Bondi Beach hardly needs to think up any more reasons to lure visitors, so what is this all about?

Sculpture by the Sea, the world's largest free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, ran from 18 October until 4 November 2012 on the stunning Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. Each year the exhibition attracts over 500 000 people to see the works of more than 100 artists along the coastline.

GhostNets Australia  (above) won the Kids' Choice Prize of $3,000 for their work ghost net crocodile as voted for by the thousands of children that visited the exhibition. The sculpture was created through the Ghost Net Art Project, a group of remote community Indigenous artists who create works using nets retrieved by Indigenous rangers from Australia's remote northern coastline.


NSW artists' collective Cave Urban were awarded the Allens People's Choice Prize of $5,000 for their work mengenang(memory), awarded by Michael Rose, Chief Executive Partner at Allens. mengenang (memory) is an installation of 222 bamboo poles, each a musical instrument and each pole a reflection on the lives lost in the Bali bombings. Cave Urban is a design collective of architects and musicians with a focus on sustainable living systems.


For the first time both the Waverley Council Parks Staff Prize and the Sculpture by the Sea Staff Pick were awarded to the one work; mirador by NSW artists Rachael Couper and Ivana Kuzmanovska. The beautiful dome structure made from plywood, timber and perspex, stands 3.5 meters high on the cliffs of Marks Park, Tamarama. The reflective interior skin of the mirador observatory juxtaposes images of self with views of the environment, highlighting the complex relationship between man and nature.

Sculpture by the Sea is an international series of exhibitions, next year presented at Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia from 8 to 25 March 2013 and in the city of Aarhus in Denmark from 1 – 30 June 2013 under the Patronage of TRH Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.


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