Sculpture by the Sea

A Student Review

An early start was necessary, especially on the first weekend of this popular annual exhibition. The weather was fine, not a cloud in the sky — a perfect day to absorb some culture on the beach.

Walking from Leighton Beach, the first work to appear was Peter Lundberg’s, “Land of Giants”. Monumental in scale, these works, nevertheless, had an air of fragility. It was reassuring to be able to see the exposed reinforcing, although I saw no one venturing too close.

Around the Surf Club, and onto the grassed area, the “Pig of Fortune #2”, by Tae-Geun Yang, caused much mirth. Other works in this area worth a mention, were the mushroom-like “Re-Generation”, by Sonia Payes, “Catch Me”, a bronze and granite depiction of trust, by Keld Moseholm, and “Fun!”, a happy bronze toddler being rolled along on his head by a small mammal.

On the mole, a slick stainless steel kinetic, “A Premonition of wind”, by Kaoru Matsumoto, had me baffled for a while until I saw the thin join on the middle arm.

Down on the sand, the winning work, “Parallel Thinking Space”, was beautifully crafted in wood, and intriguing enough to justify Dale Miles’ prize. Walking between the poles of Zilvinas Kempinas’, “Kakashi” to become part of the noise and movement of the shiny strips of tape, was an interesting experience, and the work provided plenty of scope for photos and video.

The rest of the works are spread out over the beach, and up the grassed area on the other side of the restaurant. But by this time, I was in desperate need of a coffee, and whizzed quickly through them. However, I did make the effort, a first for me, to visit the indoor section, where a selection of maquettes and smaller works were displayed.

Wandering through this exhibition is a pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning without being too mentally or physically taxed.

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