The yearly Sculptures by the Sea festival runs this year from 4 – 20 March 2016. Every year there is a vast range of artworks – abstract, gigantic, colourful, thought-provoking, freaky, cryptic messages, figurative, kinetic, humorous, illusions. Artists from all over the world participate and Cottesloe Beach is transformed into an open air art gallery with an awesome laid back festival vibe. It’s uber cool and here are a few photos and musings….. what was your favourite?
Eye by Anne-Marie Pedersen from Denmark
It was very easy to walk straight past this flat and hidden artwork. The eye moves and it’s a fun challenge to take a perfect photo. See this one at night as it lights up.
Re:Generation Sonia Payes from Victoria
A large sculpture, just look at the Norfolk pine trees next to it in the photo below! Is it not epic? It’s a creation of thousands of morphed images of the artist’s daughter and then sculpted. Reminds me of the movie ex machina.
‘I envisage a fictional future world where a new breed of all-knowing humanity will rise from the earth, like corn, and populate a new era” – Sonia Payes
Parallel Thinking Space by Dale Miles from Denmark
An illusionary sculpture that looks way better in life than on the brochure! Every panel has a vanishing point. Made from cedar, this sculpture won the Rio Tinto Prize.
Der Traktor by Markus Hofer from Austria
The West Australian mining industry is the centre point of this crowd favourite. I just like the pink goo running off the utility. I’m not sure what the pink goo represents though, maybe that’s left up to interpretation? Maybe the bob cat is baking a cake?
Homeless Car-apace by Tim Burns Western Australia
A car covered in aluminium foil. Highlighting homelessness in West Australia. Example of ready-made artwork.
The Red List (Extinct) by Rebecca Westlund from Western Australia
I thought this plain looking, but powerful sculpture hits the nail with highlighting the Australian environment and extinction. White represents the last area where the fauna was sighted and red, the fauna.
Dust by Norton Flavel from Western Australia
Remember the goon bag sculpture from last year? Same guy, different sculpture. For a second I was tricked into thinking the sculpture is free standing. Brilliant and looks great against the ocean.
Book Cave by Julie Lea
I couldn’t find the origins of this artist. I was curiously attracted to this sculpture to see how these books sit in such an odd way, surely they are glued? I will let you uncover this. I could even smell the dusty library, old book odor. One for the book lovers.
Boxed by Harrie Fasher from NSW
Is the horse trapped? It looks sad. I think it’s beautifully constructed using plates and rods to craft the shape of the horse. I cried in the movie war horse.
Escape by Stuart and Hamish
I couldn’t find the origins of this artist. Kids run to this box from afar and I watched one run with their arms wide open as if they wanted to hug it. Crazy kids! It looks like a cool cubby house and even has a chair and window to enjoy. Beautiful driftwood look.
Skin Cube by Louise Sparre from Denmark
The name of this sculptures freaks me out! Now that is good artwork hahah. Pictures of the artist’s own skin enlarged on plywood and pvc. Up close you’ll see moles.
Nobody has been here from the beginning by Masayuki Sugiyama from Japan
I like this black piece against the ocean.
Sea Sponges by Karen Macher Nesta from Peru
Colour and texture fits perfectly on the beach.
A burden by Suzie Bleach and Andrew Townsend from Canberra
Up close, the body of this horse is truly amazing, one of my favourites for this year’s Sculptures by the Sea. The artist’s studio unfortunately was destroyed by fire a while back and I wonder if this has a connection?
Cafes and Food places nearby
Cottesloe Beach Hotel
OBH – $10.00 breakfast special
Vicinity of Cottesloe
Daisies of Cottesloe – open from 6am
Vans Cafe and Deli – open 6.30am
Cimbalino – open 6.30am
Cottesoe Beach right in the middle of the action
Cottesloe Civic garden, away from the action
Grant Street playground and small grassed area
If you enjoyed the Sculpture by the Sea , why not venture through Cottesloe and look at the past ones using this map.