Artists from 39 countries participate in this year’s Sculpture by the Sea.
The iconic Sydney art show, a fixture running since 1997, started this weekend. It attracts thousands of tourists and art fans every year.
The open-air exhibition features pieces from well-known Australian artists Ken Unsworth and Bert Flugelman (who died earlier this year).
Of the 170 sculptures that line the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama, a blood-red head blowing bubble gum, by Chinese artist Qian Sihua, is the most outstanding, if early gossip is anything to go by.
The founder of the exhibition, David Handley, said Qian’s sculpture is “very visually arresting”.
Sculpture by the Sea receives little government funding, relying mainly on donations and sponsorships. The exhibition’s organisers turned down a generous offer this year, when the potential sponsors suggested changing the name to “Logo by the Sea”.
Sculpture by the Sea runs until November 10. – Report by Sam Ottley, photos by Lauren Yeates
Top photo shows Coming Soon by Elaine Barry Conway.