Sculpture by the Sea returns


By Sharni Hamann

Entwined by Ben Fasham, Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea 2019

Sharni Hamann, Reporter

The scenic ocean view at one of Perth’s most popular beaches is not the only reason for the crowds of people with their cameras ready, as Sculpture by the Sea returns for its 15th year.

Hosted at Cottesloe Beach, the free outdoor gallery is expected to attract an estimated 240,000 people over its 18 day run. It consists of work by over 70 artists from 17 countries, with works from countries including Japan, Germany and Sweden.

The art was selected by a curatorial panel consisting of gallery directors, artists and other professionals in the field who sorted through proposals from an open call.

NewsVineWA spoke to Dr Nien Schwarz, an artist and senior lecturer for Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University who has previously worked on the curatorial panel for both the Cottesloe and Bondi exhibitions.

“We see some works from previous years because of the exceptional quality of those works and artists but I like to look for innovative new work and new ideas,” said Dr Schwarz.

“The exhibition can only be as good as the quality of the proposals being put forward.”

The sculptures this year range from enormous crumbled confectionary wrappers to headstones along the seashore.

The thought-provoking exhibition is captivating to all ages with the works on display ranging from smaller, intimate designs to huge installations.

The art features a range of textures such as steel, fibreglass and even cable ties.

“The sculpture often reflects elements of the time we live in, a variety of different cultures, different values that becomes catalysts for discussion,” said Dr Schwarz.

Filled with people taking photos with melting ice creams in hand this exhibition has elevated the regular beach setting.

The event is easily accessible by public transport with free Cott Cat shuttle buses running every 15 minutes from Cottesloe train station.

The exhibition ends on 18 March so be sure to visit before it’s gone.