Sculpture by the Sea

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The crowds and sculptures of Sculpture by the Sea 2006

The Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney and Perth is Australia's largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. This exhibition was initiated in 1996, at Bondi Beach and it featured sculptures which were made by both Australian and overseas artists. In 2005 a companion event was established at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia. In 2009 it was announced that Aarhus in Denmark would host the first Sculpture by the Sea exhibition outside of Australia.

Sculpture by the Sea is held annually during summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Over 50 local, interstate and international artists participate in this exhibition every year.


Pretty women by the sea

Sculpture by the Sea began in 1996 with an exhibition held over one day at Bondi and is now an annual event. In 1995 David Handley was living in Prague and visited an outdoor sculpture park in Klatovy, Northern Bohemia. He was inspired to do something similar in Australia. The works are spread right across the cliff from Bronte Beach to Bondi Beach via Tamarama Beach. Every year the coastal walk is transformed into a seaside art gallery. Over 100 sculptures are exhibited in the background of sea and the coastal landscape along the two kilometre coastal walk.

2006 Prize Winners[edit]

The prize winners from 2006.

Name Sculptor Prize
...And With a Name to Come Orest Keywan The Sculpture by the Sea Prize
Humbaba's Barrel Marcus Tatton Sydney Water Environmental Sculpture Prize
Archi Tekton Daniela Turrin Kodak Sculpture Prize
Cut to Fit Emma Wise Icebergs Dining Room and Bar Signature Prize
Obligato James Rogers The Sydney Morning Herald Represented Artist Prize
Icarus Guy Warren Art Gallery Society of NSW Prize
more/less Ellie Nuss & James McDermid Damon Courtenay Memorial Young Sculptor Prize
open Linda Bowden The Australian Unrepresented Sculptor Award
cypher Konstantin Dimopoulos Art Gallery Society of NSW Taskforce Site Specific Prize
hot with a chance of a late storm The Glue Society Allens Arthur Robinson People's Choice Prize
NAB Kids' Choice Prize.

Participants in the 2014 Sculpture by the Sea[edit]

Participants in the 2014 event included Alejandro Propato, Francesca Mataraga, Johannes Pannekoek and Marina DeBris.[1]


Sculpture by the Sea 2006:


In 2005 the first Sculpture by the Sea event was held at Cottesloe beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. The exhibition showcases sculptures by Western Australia's leading and emerging sculptors, alongside works by invited interstate and international sculptors. This free annual public exhibition attracts approximately 100,000 visitors of all ages.

Outside Australia[edit]

In June 2009 crown princess Mary and crown prince Frederik of Denmark initiated a biannual Sculpture by the Sea event in the city of Aarhus (Denmark), inspired by the exhibitions in Australia; Mary's country of birth. It is the only SBTS event outside Australia. 'Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus - Denmark' is financially and legally independent of 'Sculpture by the Sea Incorporated' and is being produced by the city of Aarhus in collaboration with ARoS Aarhus Artmuseum. The first two exhibitions attracted around half a million visitors. [2]

See also[edit]

Art of Australia


  1. ^ "Sculpture by the Sea". Sculpture by the Sea. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  2. ^ 3rd Biennial Aarhus Exhibition Sculpture by the Sea (2013)

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