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Sculpture by the Sea exhibit dots Australian coastline with the weird and otherworldly

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Sculpture by the Sea: Horizon, by Mu Boyan
Sculpture by the Sea: Horizon, by Mu Boyan
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Sculpture by the Sea: Cairn, human-made stones in the form of colored perspex, by Alessandra Rossi
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Sculpture by the Sea: Cairn, human-made stones in the form of colored perspex, by Alessandra Rossi
Sculpture by the Sea: Damien Hirst Looking for Sharks, by Cool Shit
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Sculpture by the Sea: Damien Hirst Looking for Sharks, by Cool Shit
Sculpture by the Sea: the Face, by Deborah Halpern
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Sculpture by the Sea: the Face, by Deborah Halpern
Sculpture by the Sea: Macrocosmia Series, Sargasso Sphere, by Elizabeth Kelly
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Sculpture by the Sea: Macrocosmia Series, Sargasso Sphere, by Elizabeth Kelly
Sculpture by the Sea: Macrocosmia Series, Sargasso Sphere, by Elizabeth Kelly
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Sculpture by the Sea: Macrocosmia Series, Sargasso Sphere, by Elizabeth Kelly
Sculpture by the Sea: Macrocosmia Series, Sargasso Sphere, by Elizabeth Kelly
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Sculpture by the Sea: Macrocosmia Series, Sargasso Sphere, by Elizabeth Kelly
Sculpture by the Sea: Conversations, by Hossein Valamanesh
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Sculpture by the Sea: Conversations, by Hossein Valamanesh
Sculpture by the Sea: Fibro Dreams, a photographic installation by New Zealand's James Voller
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Sculpture by the Sea: Fibro Dreams, a photographic installation by New Zealand's James Voller
Sculpture by the Sea: Moebius in Moebius, by Japan's Keizo Ushio
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Sculpture by the Sea: Moebius in Moebius, by Japan's Keizo Ushio
Sculpture by the Sea: Space Plan, by LV Pinchang
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Sculpture by the Sea: Space Plan, by LV Pinchang
Sculpture by the Sea: Antithesis, by Matthew Harding
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Sculpture by the Sea: Antithesis, by Matthew Harding
Sculpture by the Sea: Spinning Slowly, by Michael Purdy
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Sculpture by the Sea: Spinning Slowly, by Michael Purdy
Sculpture by the Sea: Spinning Slowly, by Michael Purdy
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Sculpture by the Sea: Spinning Slowly, by Michael Purdy
Sculpture by the Sea: Freedom, by Michael Snape
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Sculpture by the Sea: Freedom, by Michael Snape
Sculpture by the Sea: Horizon, by Mu Boyan
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Sculpture by the Sea: Horizon, by Mu Boyan
Sculpture by the Sea: Horizon, by Mu Boyan
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Sculpture by the Sea: Horizon, by Mu Boyan
Sculpture by the Sea: Horizon, by Mu Boyan
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Sculpture by the Sea: Horizon, by Mu Boyan
Sculpture by the Sea: Studio, by Orest Keywan
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Sculpture by the Sea: Studio, by Orest Keywan
Sculpture by the Sea: Studio, by Orest Keywan
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Sculpture by the Sea: Studio, by Orest Keywan
Sculpture by the Sea: Counterpoints, by Penelope Forlano
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Sculpture by the Sea: Counterpoints, by Penelope Forlano
Sculpture by the Sea: Flight, by Rhiannon West, designed to capture daylight and create an array of colors through attached glass lenses
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Sculpture by the Sea: Flight, by Rhiannon West, designed to capture daylight and create an array of colors through attached glass lenses
Sculpture by the Sea: Portmanteau, by Senden Blackwood
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Sculpture by the Sea: Portmanteau, by Senden Blackwood
Sculpture by the Sea: Inundation, by Small Ocean Collaboration with Jeremy Sheehan
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Sculpture by the Sea: Inundation, by Small Ocean Collaboration with Jeremy Sheehan
Sculpture by the Sea: Inundation, by Small Ocean Collaboration with Jeremy Sheehan
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Sculpture by the Sea: Inundation, by Small Ocean Collaboration with Jeremy Sheehan
Sculpture by the Sea: Byobu, by Stephen Hogan
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Sculpture by the Sea: Byobu, by Stephen Hogan
Sculpture by the Sea: Reflection of a Journey, by Torild Storvik Malmedal
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Sculpture by the Sea: Reflection of a Journey, by Torild Storvik Malmedal
Sculpture by the Sea: Niemand, by Viktor Freso
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Sculpture by the Sea: Niemand, by Viktor Freso
Sculpture by the Sea: Walking, by Wei Wang
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Sculpture by the Sea: Walking, by Wei Wang
Sculpture by the Sea: Walking, by Wei Wang
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Sculpture by the Sea: Walking, by Wei Wang
Sculpture by the Sea: Orientierungshilfe, by Wendelin Pressl
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Sculpture by the Sea: Orientierungshilfe, by Wendelin Pressl
Sculpture by the Sea: LandPlaceSite, by Wendy Teakel
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Sculpture by the Sea: LandPlaceSite, by Wendy Teakel
Sculpture by the Sea: Ziptide, by Rima Zabaneh and Berenice Rarig
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Sculpture by the Sea: Ziptide, by Rima Zabaneh and Berenice Rarig

Now in its 22nd edition, the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Sydney's Bondi Beach turns one of Australia's most iconic stretches of coastline into a huge outdoor sculpture park, showcasing the wares of artists from all around the world. Let's take a look at some of the weird and wacky creations to wash up at this year's event.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi began in 1997 as a single-day event run by volunteers, and is now billed as the world's largest annual free outdoor sculpture exhibition. Opened over the weekend, this year's rendition saw 107 sculptures dot Sydney's famous coastline over 2 km (1.2 miles), between Bondi and Tamarama beaches.

Sculpture by the Sea: Damien Hirst Looking for Sharks, by Cool Shit
Sculpture by the Sea: Damien Hirst Looking for Sharks, by Cool Shit

Certainly one of the most eye-catching is a nude, jumbo-sized character measuring three meters tall (10 ft), seen in the image at the top. Dubbed Horizon, the work is one of eight in this year's exhibit crafted by alumni from China's Central Academy of Art, and certainly cuts a commanding figure seated at the southern end of Bondi Beach.

Other installations include similarly oversized figurines, such as a five-meter tall (16.4 ft) bronze walking man, large stones recreated as mirrored and colorful perspex and a large wind turbine made with sandstone and aluminum.

Sculpture by the Sea: Walking, by Wei Wang
Sculpture by the Sea: Walking, by Wei Wang

All sculptures are in the running for a AU$70,000 grand prize, to be revealed in the coming weeks, with the exhibition running until Sunday November 4. Jump into the gallery to see some of the highlights.

Source: Sculpture by the Sea

2 comments
ljaques
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Bob Hope
Most of these are not art! Their creators are having a laugh at the fools who are paying for this rubbish.