sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
 

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach

sculpture by the sea returns to bondi beach as the world’s largest open-air exhibition. the free to public show which transforms the spectacular coastal walk into a 2km sculptural park attracted over half a million visitors last year featuring work by artists from australia and across the world. last year designboom reported on many of those show’s entries and below is a preview of those on display in 2017.
sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
karl meyer, foci (2017), image © c yee

 

 

the exhibit, which has been running since 1997, celebrates its 21st birthday this year. the idea was the product of sculpture by the sea founder, david handley, who was motivated to create a major free public art event. ‘while running away from the corporate world and living in Prague in the early 1990’s I was taken to an outdoor sculpture park’, explains handley. ‘I had my first experience of the power, if not majesty, of sculpture. from here my thoughts for the ‘event’ I might one day put on began to turn to sculpture.’

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
karl meyer, ‘foci’ (2017), image © c yee

 

the show which invites artists to install sculptural works along the shoreline runs for three weeks, oct 9-nov 5, during australia’s springtime. the exhibition showcases works specifically designed to interact with their surroundings including abstract pieces that frame sunset views, figures splayed on coastal rocks and a boat ‘washed up’ to shore.

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
britt mikkelsen, ‘ocean lace’ (2015), image © c yee

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
stephen marr, ‘under one sky’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
stephen marr, ‘under one sky’ (2017), image © a sky

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
james dive, ‘what a tasty looking burger’ (2017), © c yee

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
elyssa sykes-smith, ‘stagnation’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
harrie fasher, ‘the last charge’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
harrie fasher, ‘the last charge’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
joen petri, ‘space’ (2017), image © c yee

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
winner, david ball, ‘orb’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
simon hodgson, ‘melencolia’ (2017), image © c yee

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
xia hang, ‘rangerer’ (2017), image © c yee

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
lucy barker, ‘sea through’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
faith semiz, ‘curious dream of an architect’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
kathy allam, ‘plastic paradise’ (2017), image © g carr

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
linon meagher, ‘look out for me’ (2017), image © c yee

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
yoshio nitta, ‘i put a moon on the table but it has a hole and is lacking’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
sonia payes, ‘littoral echo’ (2017), image © c yee

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
testsuro yamasaki, ‘circle on the earth’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
tango conway and amelia skelton, ‘white wash’ (2017), image © g carr

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
jock clutterbuck, ‘song of the alsors’ (2017), image © g carr

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
by april pine, image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
orest keywan, ‘bronze age’ (2o17), image © c yee

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
small ocean collaboration with jeremy sheehan, ‘rise and fall’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

sculpture by the sea: world's largest open-air exhibition at bondi beach
denis pepper, ‘leaden hearts’ (2017), image © jessica wyld

 

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