We went to see the hugely anticipated Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at one of Perth’s most popular beaches; Cottesloe Beach. An annual event, it is a free exhibition for the public showcasing 70 local, interstate and international artists which has dramatically transformed the beach into a huge art space overlooking the Indian Ocean. The sculptures are exhibited along the sea wall, along the sand stretching as far as North Cottesloe and on surrounding grass areas. Due to its larger than life sculptures it is easily spotted in the distance however curiosity draws you in for a closer inspection. We were awed and mystified at the same time, it is definitely a conversation starter and we often wonder about the story behind the artworks.
Sculptures we love;
Bright red flamingos made with stainless steel mesh. They look oddly at home in Cottesloe Beach especially against the stunning backdrop of the sunset.
‘Ashes to ashes’
A celebration of the relationship between trees and humanity, the tree becoming the vessel for the transmigration of soul. It is mystical and dark at the same time.
The sculpture represents a diatom, an algae group at the beginning of the food chain. Her sculpture allows you to view the ocean in an entirely new perspective. Her work represent the fragility of the natural world.
Is that a pineapple they caught? Or a bait? Sculptures of two girls surrounded by their dogs have kids jumping for joy trying to reach the pineapple.
‘Cycle of Life Living’
A striking sculpture made entirely out of aluminium. It is inspired by the journey we have to go through in life.
The sculpture represents the artist’s state of unconscious mind, exploring life’s journey and uncovering mysteries.
‘My home is your home’
Whimsical and magical playhouses joined together by a bridge.
‘Hearts in Paradise’
A graceful sculpture depicting two figures in acrobatic posture, perfectly balanced and beautiful to look at.
‘Cube Melt Transition’
A mind blending sculpture that play tricks on your vision, the mirror finish provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to see the world in a different perspective.