Yesterday, we started our walk near Bondi Beach and walked all the way to Tamarama Beach. The walk took us about three hours, from 9am to 12am. It was a sunny morning, about 24C, but there was a bit of a cool breeze. This is why we did not get too hot. Besides, there were a lot of steps, which made me walk extremely slowly. I was glad that I had remembered to bring my walking stick along. The walking stick was a great help in negotiating difficult parts. It was also good, that a lot of the path was provided with lovely shiny railings that I could hang onto! Naturally, we spent a lot of time just looking and taking pictures rather than walking!
I show in this post mostly my pictures, but some of the above pictures are pictures that Peter took with his camera.
We went back to Bondi Junction by bus and treated ourselves to some wonderful cherry strudel and herbal tea! From Bondi Junction Station we went home to Dapto. It had been a nine hour day for us, and we were very tired, but happy that we had achieved what we had planned on doing: Seeing this years’s Sculptures by the Sea.
5 thoughts on “Seeing the Sculptures by the Sea, 25th Oct 2016”
Yes, Aunty, we had a great day. Some of the sculptures were thought provoking, some were spectacular.
Yes, Pethan, great day for young and old.
What a nice day you must have had. We did some gardening and walked our Milo. Just had a very nice risotto.
The sculptures looked very nice.
I don’t think there’s anything healthier than a long walk with all the wonderful sights it brings.
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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.
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DAMAGE BEYOND REPAIR
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.
FIRST PUBLISHED ON TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER, 2016