Sculpture by the Sea

A stretch of the beautiful Eastern Suburbs shoreline where Sculpture by the Sea is held each year. 

Whether or not you're into art you'll be impressed with Sydney's annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.

The event transforms the iconic Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk into a sculpture park. It attracts 500,000 visitors of all ages and from all walks of life - including many from overseas.

The exhibition runs over two weeks in October-November. In 2015 artworks from more than 100 Australian and international sculptors were on display.

Above: Ionis - embracing the coastline with its wings. (By Robert Hague of Victoria).

Right: Divided Planet - on global warming and poverty. (By Jorg Plickat of Germany who won the $60,000 Macquarie Group prize).

Last year I left my visit until the very last day (November 8). But it could not have worked out better. It was a fine mild Sunday with perfect weather and a surf to keep the board riders entertained.

I was one of hundreds walking the 2km trail. We took in the human sculptures right alongside a seascape beauty wonderfully sculpted by nature.

What does it all mean?

It was a completely enjoyable experience and I was able to take time with the exhibits. What is the sculptor trying to say? Some art I could work out - some remained a mystery.

Some exhibits tugged at the heart, others made you laugh and many were designed to be interacted with ... touched in some way.  

Sculpture by the Sea - free to love

The best things in life are free ... so you have to love public art. It's food for the soul and especially so when the exhibits are displayed in such a wonderful seaside setting.

So if your travel is going to bring you to Sydney in 2016 - and any time between October 20 and November 6 - don't miss Sculpture by the Sea. You'll love it ... and so will all the family.

Above: Kings and Queens - carved by erosion. A reminder of our fleeting time as rulers on earth. (By Michael Purdy of NSW).

Right: (My favourite). Listen Time Passes - a reflection on the past, present and future. (By Barbara Licha, of NSW).

Above: Incendiary. (By David McCracken, New Zealand). This little rocket was very popular and placed in a great spot overlooking the rugged surf. The work suggests we are condemned to create tragedy in the search for meaning. 

It's best to use public transport to get to the Bondi-Tamarama beach area. Traffic can get heavy when the exhibition is on. Helpful information on road closures and transport options is available on the official exhibition website.

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