Sun, sea, sand and sculptures…
One of the things I love most about my home city is the sheer variety of exciting events, fairs and festivals Perth plays host to. From food and music to arts and crafts, there’s something interesting going on all year round. I’ve certainly never understood where Perth gets its “dullsville” tag from. This city is anything but dull!
Of all the events, Sculpture by the Sea is one of my absolute favourites. Held in Perth every March since 2005, it’s the largest annual outdoor exhibition of its kind in Australia, and probably even the world. If the amount of people it attracts is anything to go by – an estimated 250,000 in fact – it’s definitely one of Perth’s most loved events. And best of all, it’s free!
Between the 4 – 20th March 2016, Cottesloe Beach was temporarily transformed into a cool outdoor sculpture park, showcasing over 75 weird and wonderful works of art from talented contemporary artists, both home grown and from overseas.
As a photographer, Sculpture by the Sea gives me the perfect opportunity to get some unique and interesting photographs. So I’ll always take my camera in the hope of getting some good shots. Taking photographs of the sculptures can be immensely challenging in itself though, given the amount of people that flock to Cottesloe to enjoy Sculpture by the Sea every year. I find the best time to go is usually early in the morning or later in the evening.
2016 marked the event’s 12th year. It was hard to pick a favourite, but some of the most memorable sculptures included a huge handbag made of steel, a cave constructed entirely out of books and a foil covered campervan. Yes, it’s always a little weird and wacky – but that’s half the fun.
Before you leave, don’t forget to visit the indoor exhibition, where you’ll be able to get your hands on more affordable small-scale works of art.
The next Australian Sculpture by the Sea exhibition will be held in Bondi Beach later in the year, from 20 October – 6 November 2016.
To get a taster of this unique event, check out this brilliant video from Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 2015.