More than 100 artworks by Australian and international artists have been installed along the two-kilometre Bondi to Tamarama coastal path for Sculpture by the Sea. The beloved outdoor exhibition – expected to attract some 450,000 visitors over 18 days – returns for the first time in two years, after multiple pandemic-related postponements. This year, there’s a giant disco ball, a hand sticking from the sand grasping a seashell, and a duo of enormous, bright yellow cherries on the headland.

Artist Tony Davis has been awarded the Aqualand Sculpture Award, and $70,000, for his seven-metre tall sculpture Folly Interstice, made from jarrah timber and steel. The award is the richest prize for sculpture in the southern hemisphere. Once the exhibition is over, Aqualand will donate the work for permanent public installation in Sydney.

This year, four Ukrainian artists – Dmitry Grek, Egor Zigura, Nikita Zigura and Oleksii Zolotariov – have created sculptures for the exhibition, to raise funds for Ukrainians displaced by the war. Sculpture by the Sea will donate the entirety of its commission from the sale of the sculptures to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

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And for the first time, Sculpture by the Sea has an app. Free to use, it helps visitors navigate the exhibition, and find out details about the artists and artworks.

Sculpture by the Sea runs on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal work until November 7.