Sculpture by the Sea

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frying on Bondi Beach

frying on Bondi Beach. Andrew Hankin’s sculpture © First Last

Not some little known and sleepy seaside resort in England, Sculpture by the Sea is an exhibition of 100 pieces of public sculpture stretching along Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach in Australia.

Not some little known and sleepy seaside resort in England, Sculpture by the Sea is an exhibition of 100 pieces of public sculpture stretching along Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach in Australia.

It’s the brainchild of David Handley, an Aussie, who devised the first show lasting one day in 1997. Still 25,000 people viewed the sculptures. A decade later, school trips had been organised so that they could see the 100 plus sculptures that were now available for a longer period for the public to see.

From one show on Bondi came two others; there is now one at Cottesloe in Western Australia (which will be held from the 3rd-23rd of March 2015) and a third at Aarhus in Demark to be held from 5th of June until the 5th of July. The Aarhus exhibition which has been running just a few years already attracts half-a-million visitors.

The Sydney version of Sculpture by the Sea which runs from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk covers just under two miles and there are over 100 sculptures to see. It opened a few days ago and runs until the 9th of November. In addition there is an indoor exhibition in marquees temporarily erected at Mark’s Park in Tamarama where 250 smaller sculptures are on display.

Look at Andrew Hankin’s frying pan half buried in the sands of Bondi. Frying on the beach in the hot summer Bondi sun and a little grin curling around the mouth at the humour of the piece are what comes to mind. And surely that’s a response any sculptor would be happy with.

So why is there no such exhibition in either the UK or Ireland or even France? Any seaside resort should jump at the chance of managing to attract more visitors. Brighton and Weston-Super-Mare have their sand sculpture festivals so perhaps somewhere else.

Maggi hambling's Scallop

Maggi hambling’s Scallop

Maggi Hambling’s three metre tall “Scallop” sits on a beach just north of Aldeburgh in Suffolk so the Suffolk coast could be one candidate for the location as could be Margate with its Turner links.  Staying with Turner, the painter was attracted to, among other,  three castles in south-west Wales, Llansteffan, Laugharne and Cilgerran so why not have them in the grounds of the castle – perhaps Llansteffan which stands  proud of the hillside overlooking  Carmarthen Bay.

There is Crosby Beach near Liverpool where Anthony Gormley’s  “Another Place” sculptures are. What about Loch Ness maybe in the grounds of Urquhart Castle or at Lauriston Castle overlooking the Firth of Forth?

In France, Deauville with its many artistic exhibitions could be a contender or its neighbour Trouvilles.

Surely some resourceful tourism office from one of our seaside resorts could make the case for a similar exhibition?

 

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