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)
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
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.
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.
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.
I saw this sign at Sculpture by the Sea, and wasn’t sure if it was an exhibit or a statement!
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.
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
bjf13 – Ben Fasham
city dreams – Gao Xiaowu
fun! – Naidee Changmoh
intervention – Mike Van Dam
kakashi – Zilvinas Zempinas
man on ball – Wang Shugang
listen time passes – Barbara Licha
tree spirit eggs – Mark Eliott
undulation – Benjamin Storch
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!