The cultural event Sculpture by the Sea has reached its 18th year, with waves of crowds converging on Bondi’s foreshore.
With over 400 artists competing to participate in the annual event, it has come a long way since the one day exhibition that director David Handly founded in 1997.
Eleanor Cheatham, Senior Acquisitions Manager, told The Newsroom of the time it had taken to prepare for the international art show.
“To prepare, it had taken eight months prior to sort all the applicants and choose which sculptures would be on display,” Miss Cheatham told The Newsroom.
“Some artists are just starting out and are from members of the public while others are professional artists,” she said.
The artists are selected from a panel of four that view all the applications and determine the winning artist and where to put their sculptures.
NSW Premier Mike Baird also attended today’s opening of Sculpture by the Sea. Mr Baird announced the government will be supporting the event for the next four years, with this year’s $60,000 prize going to Peter Lundberg for his bronz artwork, Ring.
Those who attended the event had a lot to say about this year’s Sculpture by the Sea. Alice Nivison, 28, from Bronte said the sculptures are a “great way to introduce people to art”.
Reay Julie, 54, from Gloucester said, “the sculptures are perfectly situated by the sea, it’s beautiful.”
Local Bondi resident, Jed Long, 27, the artist of Save our Souls (SOS), a sculpture in this year’s Sculpture by the Sea said his piece took two weeks to make with assistance from cranes provided by Sculpture by the Sea.
Over 109 sculptures have been implemented this year. Sculpture by the Sea commences today and ends on November 9. – Memu Conteh
Top photo taken by Memu Conteh.