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Bondi's great walk of art

18 Oct 2018 · Carla Grossetti

Sculptures by the Sea opened today on Sydney’s stunning coastal walk, which snakes its way along the cliffs from Bondi to Tamarama. It’s impossible not to feel the pull of the outdoors when admiring the artworks in this year’s exhibition, which encourages viewers to stretch their legs and their mind. The largest annual free outdoor sculpture exhibition again transforms a 2 km long stretch of coastline into a stunning sculpture park. This year’s event features 107 sculptures by artists from 21 countries around the world.

As one of Sydney’s best attended (and photographed) events, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi attracts approximately 450,000 visitors over the course of 18 days and signals the beginning of summer in Sydney. Highlights of this year’s exhibition include works by alumni from the Central Academy of Art (CAFA) in Beijing such as the 3m tall fleshy figure, Horizon, by Mu Boyan, which sits on the south Bondi headland at Marks Park. The exhibition also features works from leading Australian sculptors Hossein Valamanesh, Ron Robertson-Swann OAM and Wendy Teakel. Due to the rain, judging was unable to take place for the Aqualand Sculpture Award of $70,000, leaving the major award to be announced at a later date.

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The acquisitive award, which was increased by Aqualand to $70,000 in 2018, is the most generous sculpture award in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most sought after in the world. The recipient’s work will be gifted to the Harbour Trust for permanent public enjoyment in Georges Heads at Headland Park. The exhibition is free to the public and runs until Sunday 4 November 2018. Here are six of the best you can’t miss.

1.Mu Boyan, Horizon Sculpture by the Sea, 2018. Photo: Charlotte Curd

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2. Wendy Teakel, Land Place Site. Photo NoelMc 

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3. Artist Hossein Valamanesh, Conversations Found in Translation. Image: Jessica Wyld

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4. Artist Viktor Freso, Niemand. Credit: C Curd.

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5. Artist: James Voller, Fibro Dreams, Credit: Jessica Wyld 

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6. Artist: Elizabeth Kelly, Macrocosmia Series Sargasso Sphere

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