Sculptures by the Sea

Above is the URL to a blog I published five years ago about Scuptures by the Sea. And the link below shows some of this year’s sculptures.

Tomorrow is the day when we want to travel to Sydney to have a look at this year’s Sculptures by the Sea.
Peter reminded me to reload the battery to my camera. I did it, and now I’m looking forward to taking a lot of pictures!

Today,  only a few more pictures from one of my early morning walks.

I guess these trees can be called 'sculptured' trees?
I guess these trees can be called ‘sculptured’ trees?

The trees you see in the above photo are not far from the front garden with these flowers in it:


A bit further on is this front garden.
A bit further on is this front garden.


I went along here . . .
I went along here . . .
. . . and ended up where this tree is.
. . . and ended up where this tree is.

While I took a picture of this huge tree, one of the residents approached me, asking me why I took a picture of this tree. After I explained I just liked to take pictures of trees, he started a lot of talking about this tree. Apparently he was very concerned that this tree was in the wrong place, already damaged and in danger of falling over which might cause a lot of damage. It is an Australian protected tree. To remove it, you had to get permission from the council.

The birds love grevilleas. I pass many shrubs like these on my walks.
The birds love grevilleas.
I pass many shrubs like these on my walks.

King tide washes out Sculpture by the Sea


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Perhaps better named ‘sculpture in the sea’ this year, several artworks were damaged as a result of king tides at Tamarama Beach.
King tide washes out Sculpture by the Sea
A rare site as this year’s Sculpture by the Sea is pounded by a king tide at Tamarama Beach

This was not the media attention Sculpture by the Sea was expecting for its twentieth anniversary edition. The world’s largest annual sculpture exhibition held along Sydney’s coastline between Bondi and Tamarama Beaches could reasonably have hoped for celebration of its success in bring art to the beach.

Instead one sculpture has been destroyed and at least three sculptures have been severely damaged by a king tide that engulfed Tamarama on Monday afternoon.


Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea (SXS), David Handley told media that they had planned for the the high tide and had moved several sculptures further up the beach in order to protect them . But the tide was beyond what had been expected and the combination of a high tide and pounding surf was ‘unprecendented’.

‘We just didn’t expect that the tide and the surf was going to be as big as it was,’ Handley said.

Less than a week after the opening of the popular festival, a crane and excavators will be brought in for the clean up.

Handley said organisers would wait for the tide to recede to do a full assessment and damage report.

It is estimated that waves measuring two to three metres were hitting the beach and hammering the sculptures at the peak tide on Monday afternoon.

In the events 20-year history only once has an artwork been washed away – in 1998.

Image / video source Instagram @ danny_wh


Collingwood artist Bronek Kozka’s artwork Fair Dinkum Offshore Processing was literally picked up by the huge swell and dragged down the beach as onlookers watched.

The sculpture is beyond repair.

It is a bizarre twist given the piece dealt with offshore processing of refugees, largely delivered by the sea.

Bronek Kozka’s destroyed sculpture from king tide

Two further sculptures were washed from the walkway between Bondi and Tamarama and into the sea – a piece by Elyssa Sykes-Smith A Weighted Embrace and German artist Angelika Summa’s Alien: Self Consciousness Is A Virus From Outer Space.

Kozka’s sculpture rested in a heap next to Sang Sug Kim’s 1.4-metre tall carved marble artwork The Window of the Future, which was submerged but remained steadfast.

‘With the base and the sculpture, it was two tonnes. That’s how strong the water was,’ commented Handley.

The remnants of Fair Dinkum Offshore Processing were brought to shore on Monday evening. The other two artworks will be retrieved at low tide.

Artists often ask to have their work close to the waters edge, the scooped beach at Tamarama a natural arena for viewing sculpture is also a highly popular site for artists.

Sculpture By The Sea is showing 24 October to 6 November.


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