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Shouting

"Narcissus Shouting, Echo Shouting" by Hugh McLachlan

“Narcissus Shouting, Echo Shouting” by Hugh McLachlan

This sculpture is one of my favourites from 2018’s Sculpture by the Sea. I’m a sucker for reflections! Plus, I like the theme of this one. According to the artist: “We live in a Narcissistic era. But unlike Narcissus who had to wander into the forest to find his pool, we all have our own private mobile pool that accompanies us everywhere we go, bathing us in an intoxicating warm glow. The Narcissism Series of sculptures explore how seductive and intoxicating the social media pool is and the inevitable flow into its depth.” (source)

"Narcissus Shouting, Echo Shouting" by Hugh McLachlan

“Narcissus Shouting, Echo Shouting” by Hugh McLachlan

"Narcissus Shouting, Echo Shouting" by Hugh McLachlan

“Narcissus Shouting, Echo Shouting” by Hugh McLachlan

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Deep in Thought

"Niemand" by Viktor Freso, Sculpture by the Sea 2018

“Niemand” by Viktor Freso, Sculpture by the Sea 2018

I’ve called this post “Deep in Thought” because to me the figure’s rather petulant frown indicates that he’s wrestling with a troublesome question, or trying to remember something he’s forgotten. The great thing about sculpture, and all art forms, is that you project onto it — what you see may not be what I see, and neither of us may see what the artist intended!

This is “Niemand” by Viktor Freso, Sculpture by the Sea 2018

"Niemand" by Viktor Freso, Sculpture by the Sea 2018

“Niemand” by Viktor Freso, Sculpture by the Sea 2018

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Cheeky Monkey

Autumn Moon in the Sky - Chen Wenling

Autumn Moon in the Sky – Chen Wenling

This is one of my favourite offerings in this year’s Sculpture by the Sea. I’m not entirely sure if this character is a monkey or not, but he certainly is cheeky! And I lived in England long enough for the phrase “cheeky monkey” to be familiar.

Autumn Moon in the Sky - Chen Wenling

Autumn Moon in the Sky – Chen Wenling

The sculpture looks (to me) to be telling a tale about the autumn moon, and since the sculptor’s name is Chinese I assumed it was a Chinese tale. But I couldn’t find anything online that fit. If you know the tale behind the action in this sculpture, please let me know.

Autumn Moon in the Sky - Chen Wenling

Autumn Moon in the Sky – Chen Wenling

Autumn Moon in the Sky - Chen Wenling

Autumn Moon in the Sky – Chen Wenling

Autumn Moon in the Sky - Chen Wenling

Autumn Moon in the Sky – Chen Wenling

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The Indivisible Curves

Sculpture by the Sea is on again in Sydney. Apparently, it’s the world’s largest free sculpture exhibition, and it runs along the coast from Bondi Beach (where I live) to Tamarama Beach. Two friends and I braved the inevitable hordes of people today to check out this year’s offerings. It was a beautiful early summer day, with a cloudless sky and a temperature around 26C (79F), and ocean breezes to take the edge off the sun.

Remembering that this week’s theme is curves or rounded, I was on the lookout for a sculpture with no straight lines.

Finally, towards the end of our walk, we came across this one. A sensous swirl of curves twining around itself, with no beginning and no end.

And if you’re wondering why I titled this post “The Indivisible Curves”, it’s because the piece is called “Indivisible.”

When I get my other photos sorted, I’ll post about some of this year’s other sculptures. You can see my other related posts from previous years here.


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Bench Series: Message (1)

Look very closely - can you see the message?

Look very closely – can you see the message?

November’s bench theme is messages. I took this photo as part of my Sculpture by the Sea collection (see the post here), and only when I looked at it on the larger screen of my laptop did I realise there is a small message plaque on the side. I’ve cropped the part of the photo and you can see the plaque in the feature image, but it’s a small part of a large photo so not very clear! This is what it says:

Marks Park – Sydney
Our little bench …
This place where Francisco proposed to Francisca on the 1st of October of 2009
Three years after Madelena was born in the same day (1st of October of 2012)
Love you …

Isn’t that lovely?

And if you’re curious, the sculpture behind the bench is “space time continuum v4” by Clayton Thompson.

To see what messages other bloggers have found on benches around the world, check out the Bench Series tag in your Reader.


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Sculpture by the Sea 2015

dust - Norton Flavel

dust – Norton Flavel

The annual outdoor display of sculptures is on again in Sydney. With artworks dotted for 2km along the coast from Tamarama Beach to Bondi Beach, this free two-week event is hugely popular.

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There are over 100 artworks on display — but don’t worry, I didn’t photograph every one. 😉

A few sculptures that caught my eye

ashes to ashes – Kim Perrier

bath – Vince Vozzo

bath - Vince Vozzo (detail)

bjf13 – Ben Fasham

city dreams – Gao Xiaowu

city dreams - Gao Xiaowu

fun! – Naidee Changmoh

fun!- - Naidee Changmoh

intervention – Mike Van Dam

intervention - Mike Van Dam

kakashi – Zilvinas Zempinas

kakashi - Zilvinas Zempinas

man on ball – Wang Shugang

listen time passes – Barbara Licha

listen time passes - Barbara Licha

tree spirit eggs – Mark Eliott

tree spirit eggs - Mark Eliott

undulation – Benjamin Storch

undulation - Benjamin Storch

quotidianity the brothers – Fabio Pietrantonio

quotidianity the brothers - Fabio Pietrantonio

These “sculptures” were created by Mother Nature — eroded sandstone.

A few other things that caught my eye

I deliberately took a day off work so I could avoid the crazy crowds on a weekend, but look at all the people on the path! I’ve put this post in my Strolls around Sydney category because, believe me, a strolling pace is as fast as it’s possible to move.

It’s important to stay hydrated and safe in the Sydney sun (when the sun actually shines, that is — it’s been very wet here for the past few days!). There was free water …

… and free sunscreen.

And someone has to keep the artworks looking clean!

Keeping it clean.

Keeping it clean.


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