Sculptures by the Sea

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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.

https://auntyuta.com/2016/10/22/20-years-of-sculpture-by-the-sea/

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:

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Uta’s Diary: What did I do in September 2016?

Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney

In Sydney happened to be “The Festival of Dangerous Ideas”.  As part of the festival there was a talk in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, and we had tickets for this event. We were sitting very high up in the CIRCLE. David Marr and Annabel Crabb talked about: “Do we have the government we deserve?” This was on Saturday, the 3rd of September.

https://auntyuta.com/tag/festival-of-dangerous-ideas-in-sydney/

 

On Sunday, the 4th of September was Fathers’ Day in Australia. We met the family at the German Club:

https://auntyuta.com/2016/09/05/utas-diary-5th-of-sep-2016/

We tried to improve our backyard:

https://auntyuta.com/2016/09/13/utas-diary-september-2016-2/

On Thursday, the 15th of September, I had lunch with a seniors’ group at the Dapto Leagues Club. I am a member of that group. The membership includes gentle movement exercises on Thursdays from 12,30 to 1,30pm. But recently we have become short of people who want to do the exercises. We are looking for new participants who are willing and able to do these gentle exercises. Personally I feel, that these exercises are very beneficial for me. Not only that, they are also tremendous fun for our instructor, Marta, has always great music to go with the exercises.

From the 20th to the 22nd of September Peter and I stayed in a hotel in Sydney:

https://auntyuta.com/2016/09/23/frolicking-around-sydney/

On Saturday, the 25th of September, we saw in the Griffin Theater in Sydney a play called “Gloria” with Marta Dusseldorp.

Then on Sunday, the 26th of September, was a birthday celebration for Alexander, who turned two:

https://auntyuta.com/2016/09/26/alexanders-second-birthday/

Finally, on Monday, the 26th of September, was the women residents’ afternoon at Irene’s place. I remember I felt rather tired that day. One woman had to leave a bit early. I decided then that it would be best for me to leave together with her. But all our Friday afternoon games afternoons I survived in good spirits.

I sometimes feel that I would like to stay home more. I mean I like to go out and do different things. However at times it becomes a bit too hectic for me and I feel the need to slow down somewhat. After all, I am not a spring chicken anymore!

dscn2239However, Peter and I were able to do a bit more gardening to improve our backyard.  Today we did not go out at all because all day we had very stormy weather. These wind gusts have been blowing nearly none-stop since yesterday.

Frolicking around Sydney

Peter and I stayed in an apartment at Darling Harbour. To frolic around Sydney’s Darling Harbour was quite exciting. It was my 82nd birthday. At nighttime we strolled to an Italian restaurant and had a three course meal there with a glass of red wine. There was also some beautiful music to entertain us. We liked that very much. The food and the wine were very much to our liking as well. So we had a lovely evening. After the meal it was only a short walk back to our apartment.

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Affordable Housing

http://www.domain.com.au/news/why-my-family-has-given-up-on-the-sydney-property-dream–for-now-20160405-gnyjnq/

Above is a link to the blog that Nikki Wallman wrote about her family’s move from Sydney to Bowral. She points out that Sydney is much too expensive for first home buyers. Apparently they made a good choice in moving to Bowral where they  bought  “a lovely, light-filled, four-bedroom, three-bathroom house on a big block in a beautiful wonky street where daisies grow wild and cockatoos call to each other like grumpy old men.”

And she goes on writing:

“Enormous trees hug the skyline around our deck; we’re walking distance to town. We’ve made great friends who live down the road (Bowral seems flush with young families in similar situations to ours). We stroll there with the pram, past the “ducks crossing” signs, for drinks and playtime in the backyard.”

Nikki writes how much they love Sydney life. However, “the increasing stress of chasing tails and deposits and ever-rising house prices”  was grinding them down.

This reminds me of C and M, who were renting for ten years a two bedroom unit in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. Paying rent in Sydney they would never have been able to save up enough money for a deposit on a house. Finally they decided they could commute from the South Coast. It means for them long hours on the train to Sydney and back. But finally they are in a position to save a bit of money and look for a suitable affordable place some distance away from Sydney.

C is our daughter.  She lived with M for close to ten years already.  M is the father of two children, who are by now both in their twenties and continue to live in Sydney. We offered to C and M to live with us for the time being. This should give them some time to look for suitable housing in our area. For Peter and me it is very beneficial to have family around. Right now C is away on an overseas business trip, and that means, we all miss her a lot.  She’ll be away for all of April!

Many months ago, before the great influx of refugees to  European countries, we did already some bookings for the month of June.  So Peter and I are now looking forward to go to Berlin to see our German family once more, as well as some old friends. We are going to be there with quite a few of our Australian family which is rather exciting!

 

Pictures from September 2006

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According to the photos we went by train to Parramatta on the 27th of September 2006. Herta was with us. And in Parramatta we met Gaby. I had completely forgotten that we had done this excursion with Herta to see Gaby and go with Gaby and Herta on a Ferry trip to Sydney Circular Quay.
The above picture shows the Parramatta River. The Parramatta Ferry stop is only a little bit further on.

First now here are a few pictures Peter took soon after we met Gaby in Parramatta.

Here we are with Herta, our Dutch friend from Melbourne.
Here we are with Herta, our Dutch friend from Melbourne.

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We are on the Ferry-Boat.
We are on the Ferry-Boat.
Peter took more and more pictures from the boat.
Peter took more and more pictures from the boat.

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Gadsville Bridge
Gladsville Bridge

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Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

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Gaby arrives in her wheelchair at Circular Quay.
Gaby arrives in her wheelchair at Circular Quay.
We have arrived at Circular Quay/
We have arrived at Circular Quay.

 

I am very grateful to Peter for finding these pictures and letting me publish them. Yesterday was our monthly meeting with the ladies from our complex. This time the meeting was at Irene’s place. I wore the same outfit to the meeting that can be seen here in the photos from 2006. This actually means, the outfit is maybe ten years old! But it really is still in good condition. Even daughter Caroline did not object when I did not want to discard it yet. I told her, I love wearing it. And so I wore it yesterday. I was thrilled today to find out from Peter’s photos for how long I have actually had this item in my wardrobe!

Last Sunday of March 2015

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Today is Palm Sunday. Another year gone. I took the top picture several years ago. Today I did not take any pictures at the church. But it was pretty impressive again how many people turned up for the Mass. For Easter there are probably going to be even more people at the church.

Yesterday we went by train to Sydney for a matinee at the GRIFFIN THEATRE.

We were lucky that Caroline could meet us again for lunch at the Mad Pizza place were we had been once before. It is quite convenient to go there for the GRIFFIN THEATRE is close by.  The play we were to see was CARESS/ACHE by SUZIE MILLER.

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Before the start of the performance we had some time to sit in a little park area near the theatre. Here I have the play’s program in my hand. This play shows quite a few problems that people in our society can come up with. The actors were very good as it turned out, showing so much heartache.
There really was not much joy in the lives of the characters on stage.

But back to the little park where Peter took some pictures with his tablet.

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These regulations apply to this little park.
These regulations apply to this little park.

Carnival Spirit

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Carnival Spirit

Around a quarter past eleven a.m.we arrived yesterday at Circular Quay Railway Station in Sydney.

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From the top of the railway station Peter immediately took some pictures of this huge ship that was anchored in Sydney Harbour.

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Soon we met Monika, our daughter, as well as Mark and some friends of Mark. Mark’s mother and sister were already on the Carnival Spirit. Monika, Mark and his friends had already booked in for this cruise.  They were expected back on board by around 3,30 p.m.

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Mark and Monika suggested we could have lunch with them at the German restaurant in the rocks area. It was a lovely walk towards the Rocks. It was promising to be another beautiful warm summer day in Sydney. The temperature actually soon reached thirty degrees Celsius. We had only a very light lunch.

On the way to the Rocks we came a bit closer to the Carnival Spirit.
On the way to the Rocks we came a bit closer to the Carnival Spirit.
Monika and Mark posing in front of this ship they were soon going to board for their twelve day cruise.
Monika and Mark pose in front of the Carnival spirit
This is where we had lunch.
This is where we had lunch.
Just a little beer before lunch arrives.
Just a little beer before lunch arrives.
In this courtyard we had afternoon coffee and cake. Sorry, we did not take pictures of the cake.
In this courtyard we had afternoon coffee and cake. Sorry, we did not take pictures of the cake.
We liked it in the courtyard and the cakes were yummy!
We liked it in the courtyard and the cakes were yummy!

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Walking to our next destination we saw the Carnival Spirit again.
Walking to our next destination we saw the Carnival Spirit again.
For good measures we went to another courtyard for some refreshing beer.
For good measures we went to another courtyard for some refreshing beer.

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I think Peter took this picture after Monika and Mark had left to go on board.
I think Peter took this picture after Monika and Mark had left to go on board.
A last look at the harbour. Then we were off to catch our train back home to Dapto.
A last look at the harbour. Then we were off to catch our train back home to Dapto.

You can find a lot more pictures of the Carnival Spirit here in google:

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=carnival+spirit+ship&espv=2&biw=1093&bih=514&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=lmQKVffIA4ju8gWsx4LYBA