by the Sea winner announced in Sydney; organisers
call for more funding -
19th October 2016
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West Australian artist Johannes Pannekoek
has won this year's $60,000 award for best Sculpture
by the Sea in Sydney.
The artist said the steel piece called
Changes Ahead 2016 was inspired by the way we live
He said the work showed the non-linear nature of
"Just like a river, it changes course, I've
changed my career on a number of occasions and you
hope to learn from one and then set off to the next
task," Mr Pennekoek said.
It was one of 104 sculptures on exhibition in this
year's event featuring artists from 17 countries.
Sculpture by the Sea has become one of Sydney's most
popular cultural events, but it almost did not go
ahead this year, until a last-minute deal secured
a new major sponsor.
Now in its 20th year, founder David Handley has called
for more government support to ensure the exhibition's
"The artists are having to cover their own freight
costs, that's not fair and it's not right in a country
like Australia when half a million people visit this
exhibition," Mr Hadley said.
He said the Changes Again sculpture would be given
a permanent public placement on Sydney Harbour, at
North Sydney, as a way of celebrating the exhibition's
NSW Premier Mike Baird said Sculpture by the Sea
was an "iconic exhibition that continues to renew
iself year after year".
"Sculpture by the Sea has been drawing crowds
to this beautiful stretch of Sydney coastline for
20 years and has become a highly anticipated annual
event," Mr Baird said.
He said the exhibition always surprised and delighted
audiences, "enabling it to grow to become one
of the world's largest free sculpture exhibitions".