Sculpture by the Sea kicks off at Bondi Beach

The world’s largest outdoor Sculpture by the Sea takes place for its 15th year along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from November 3 to 20. This year’s Sculpture by the Sea features over 100 works from artists including Ken Unsworth, Ron Robertson-Swann, Bert Flugelman and Anne Ferguson. It also presents 25 international sculptors, including Anthony Caro and the Chinese sculptors Chen Wen Ling and Wang Shugang. The winner of the 2011 Sculpture by the Sea is Hunter Valley artist Paul Selwood, whose work is included in many public collections including the Art Gallery of NSW, His piece entitled ‘paradiegma metaphysic,’ won him $65,000 for the Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Prize.
The founder of the event, David Handley has made Sculpture by the Sea one of Australia’s most successful art events, and apart from taking it from Sydney’s Bondi and Tamarama, he’s also run events at Cottesloe Beach in Perth and even on the shores of Denmark. This year Hyundai is a new sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea, and will transport passengers from Tamarama back to Bondi.
A 2009 study by Booz & Company commissioned by David Handley ascertained that Sculpture by the Sea contributes $23 million in direct spending, and $59 million in indirect spending to the NSW economy from interstate and international visitors. Half a million people are expected to descend upon the coastal track between Tamarama and Bondi during this year’s Sculpture by the Sea. Look out for Princess Mary, and Frederik, the Crown Prince of Denmark and family, who are expected to tour the exhibition before it finishes on Sunday, November 20.

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