Sculpture by the Sea 2019
The coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama has again been made even more beautiful: the annual outdoor exhibition Sculpture by the Sea is now on, with 111 sculptures by artists from 19 countries installed along the route, which overlooks the ocean and the coastline’s rugged cliffs. The much-loved free event – this year celebrating its 23rd anniversary – attracts upwards of 450,000 people each year.
New Zealand sculptor Morgan Jones is the winner of this year’s prestigious Aqualand Sculpture Award for his piece The Sun Also Rises. With a $70,000 prize, it’s one of the richest art awards in the world.
The piece, featuring large metal interlocking shapes, is being gifted by Aqualand to North Sydney Council for its public sculpture collection, one of three that make up the Sydney Harbour Sculpture Collections. It’ll be given a permanent spot when Sculpture by the Sea ends.
Another of Handley’s highlights this year is Viewfinder by Sydney-based artist Joel Adler. The work features a rusted reverse periscope that’s perched over the edge of a cliff near the south Bondi headland. Looking into the sculpture shows you the ocean below.
Sculpture by the Sea is one of the most anticipated arts events on Sydneysiders’ calendars. It’s vastly different today to its debut 23 years ago, which was a one-day exhibition put together in just 10 weeks by a team of volunteers.