By The Sea
rewarded as sculpture vultures help profits soar,
by Caroline Marcus - 19th November 2006
The Sydney Morning Herald)
has become one of Sydney's most loved exhibitions,
but Sculpture By The Sea is also profitable for its
outdoor gallery with the best view in town has already
recouped $500,000 in private sales for its sculptors,
with organisers expecting a record when sales end
in a few months.
exhibition, on the two-kilometre coastal walk between
Bondi and Tamarama, finishes today.
the 108 sculptures are four pieces priced at more
than $85,000, marked "price on application"
in the catalogue, and one "in the six figures",
director David Handley said.
would not reveal which piece that was, nor an exact
price tag, in case it became a target for vandals.
He also did not want to affect sales because artists
were still in negotiations with buyers.
commercial boon for artists is a long way from the
exhibition's beginnings in 1997, during which just
$14,000 in works were sold.
used to joke that when we started the show, we couldn't
sell anything," Mr Handley said.
I love about the sales is that it is a major means
by which we get money into a lot of artists' pockets."
for works that don't sell, their future was up to
the artist's discretion. And it could be bleak.
will go in storage, some the artists might give away
to friends or family who live on farms, some, unfortunately,
might go to the scrap yards," Mr Handley said.
sponsorship for the event was also up 25 per cent
from last year, from $450,000 in 2005 to $600,000
Keywan's metal sculpture And With A Name To Come received
the $30,000 Sculpture By The Sea prize for a work
chosen to be donated to a public space.
popular melting Mr Whippy van, created by Surry Hills-based
collective the Glue Society, was priced at $22,000.
Mr Handley said while the piece had attracted lots
of interest, it was yet to find a buyer.
a bird, it's a plane, it's
the sea, by Clara Iaccarino - 2nd November 2006
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Iaccarino discovers the 10-year-old coastal art event
is in fine form.
colonised the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sculpture
by the Sea took to the air yesterday when a skywriter
sketched artist Guy Warren's Icarus on a cloudless
was a pivotal moment for the event's director, David
Handley, one that extended the definition of sculpture
and provided one of the most memorable moments in
the outdoor show's 10-year history.
don't think I've had a single experience from Sculpture
by the Sea that's given me such a rush," said
an exhilarated Handley. "It's great to pay tribute
to Guy, to give him pride of place."
Warren's Greek mythological character took shape in
the sky, the Goulburn-born artist explained that Icarus
was "about escape". "Life is about
risk-taking," he said. "And so is art."
is predominantly a painter and has work in the National
Gallery of Australia and state galleries. His Icarus
design will be re-created several times by a skywriter
during the exhibition, which runs until November 19.
the tradition of artistry, this year's exhibition
has again attracted a wealth of talent. There are
tongue-in-cheek political comments, such as Alexander
Seton's Under development, a satire of Sydney's obsession
with real estate and water views, and bold steel and
brass creations, including former French rugby captain
Jean-Pierre Rives's Memoire d'horizon on Tamarama
Robertson-Swann and Lucy Vader have created a mock
tunnel underneath Marks Park with coloured artificial
turf, and Ken Unsworth tilts nature upside down with
a row of conifers in reverse in A walk thru the trees.
We spoke to three of the artists.
Adameitis has a long relationship with Sculpture by
the Sea as an exhibitor and crew member. With Sell
and Parker as a material sponsor, Ademeitis was able
to work on a grand scale to create a mammoth structure
of scrap steel. Exploring parkour, a physical discipline
from France, he says his work is inspired by free-runners
who "scale cityscapes". The piece is named
Traceur, the French term for parkour practitioners.
Ademeitis says his background in skateboarding influenced
the work. "If it was on concrete, you could skate
it," he says.
there is no price tag on the work, Ademeitis, who
has had artist residencies in Italy and New York,
would love to see the piece on the side of a freeway.
"With public commissions, they don't necessarily
reach out and do massive things," he says.
is where you get the chance to do it."
with the value of public space, Louisa Dawson invites
observers to buy a ticket from a parking meter to
sit on a nearby bench overlooking the bay between
Bondi and Tamarama.
money raised from the meter will be donated to the
Matthew Talbot Hostel (where Dawson works) and St
Vincent de Paul, and payers will receive a ticket
with the artist's name and the work's title printed
upon it, so they are in effect purchasing part of
suggesting we have to pay for everything," Dawson
says, "and what a shame it would be if we had
to pay for our public space.
you're poor you might want to sleep out on the park
bench. If you had to pay for it, is it more legitimate?"
meter was obtained from a Melbourne company.
by the "stupid" coin-operated binoculars
at prime tourist viewpoints, Dawson set her work in
a spot with a million-dollar view to lament the rise
of user-pays services. "I just hope it doesn't
set a precedent," she says.
a swell day for stormy petrels
of Sculpture by the Sea's invited guests, Englishman
Phillip King, has exhibited this work a number of
times before, but never has the setting been so idyllic.
"With the rolling sea behind it, it is perfect
for the work," King says of his site. "I
never thought much about ecology but in retrospect
it fits into the doomsday dialogue in that man is
destroying nature and how nature can cope with that."
of the world's most best-known sculptors, King is
represented in most public collections around the
world from the Tate Gallery to the Centre Georges
Pompidou. He has been a trustee of the National Portrait
Gallery since 1999. He says he often has difficulty
naming his work, but this title came to him easily,
combining a sense of the sea, stability and a disrupted
Man Australia Review
beached in paradise by Greg Tingle
a relative local to Bronte Beach, when invited by
a fellow art lover to visit this world renown art
exhibition I didn't need much convincing.
is simply one of the world's most unique and inspiring
collections of art.
experience of witnessing such amazing art up close,
at such a scenic location is challenging to put into
added to the experience for me what also observing
and chatting with other people who take taken time
out on a glorious Sunday afternoon to see this exhibition.
sculptures are open to interpretation, however many
appear to have relationship with global warming aka
climate crisis and nature tie ins. Witness the Mr
Whippy van, and number of ships (including a hot pink
number) and a coxman rowing a surf boat (placed in
I walked around the 2km exhibition, the sculptures
further entrenched the concept to me that the whole
world is art. The landscape is art, and my companion
for the afternoon was a moving piece of art herself.
Many people had obviously dressed for the occasion.
some art exhibitions, this one appears to be making
money for many of the artists and it was great to
see many of Australia's top corporates come on board
as sponsors for the event.
By The Sea is living testament that Australia is a
producer of some of the worlds finest sculpture and
home to a wealth of artistic talent.
was so much more than "just" an exhibition
of sculptures. It was almost an out of body experience,
and witnessing some of Australia's greatest sculptures
just happened to be part of that.
The Arts and Creatives