Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney

Sculpture by the Sea

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The crowds and sculptures of Sculpture by the Sea 2006

The Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney and Perth is Australia‘s largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. This exhibition was initiated in 1996, at Bondi Beach and it featured sculptures which were made by both Australian and overseas artists. In 2005 a companion event was established at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia. In 2009 it was announced that Aarhus in Denmark would host the first Sculpture by the Sea exhibition outside of Australia.

Sculpture by the Sea is held annually during summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Over 50 local, interstate and international artists participate in this exhibition every year.

In June 2009 crown princess Mary and crown prince Frederik of Denmark initiated a biannual Sculpture by the Sea event in the city of Aarhus(Denmark), inspired by the exhibitions in Australia; Mary’s country of birth. ‘Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus – Denmark’ is financially and legally independent of ‘Sculpture by the Sea Incorporated’ and is being produced by the city of Aarhus in collaboration with ARoS Aarhus Artmuseum. The first two exhibitions attracted around half a million visitors. [1]


Pretty women by the sea

Sculpture by the Sea began in 1996 with an exhibition held over one day at Bondi and is now an annual event. In 1995 David Handley was living in Prague and visited an outdoor sculpture park in Klatovy, Northern Bohemia. He was inspired to do something similar in Australia. The works are spread right across the cliff from Bronte Beach to Bondi Beach via Tamarama Beach. Every year the coastal walk is transformed into a seaside art gallery. Over 100 sculptures are exhibited in the background of sea and the coastal landscape along the two kilometre coastal walk.



Marks Park

Path from Marks Park to Tamarama



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