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Explore Bondi’s 21st Sculpture By The Sea Public Exhibition

Bondi's amazing Sculpture by the Sea, the world's largest free public sculpture event, is celebrating 21 years.

Bondi’s annual Sculpture By The Sea is celebrating its 21st birthday this year. The free event showcases 104 sculptures set against the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk panorama.

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James Dive’s What a Tasty Looking Burger Photo: Jessica Wyld

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James Dive’s What a Tasty Looking Burger Photo: Jessica Wyld

The sculptures come from 16 different countries across the globe to be part of the world’s largest free public sculpture exhibition, spanning two kilometres of Sydney coastline.

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Stephen Marr’s Under One Sky Photo: Jessica Wyld

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Stephen Marr’s Under One Sky Photo: Jessica Wyld

The original event kicked off in 1997 (long before Bondi became Australia’s premiere Insta-location), and drew a healthy 25,000 visitors.

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Elyssa Sykes-Smith’s Stagnation Photo: Jessica Wyld

Now, the number of sculptures on display has swelled from 64 to 104, with an expected 500,000 visitors expected to stroll along the Bondi walk and Marks Park.

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Sonia Payes’ Littoral Echo at Marks Park. Photo: C Yee

Western Australian artist Britt Mikkelsen’s Ocean Lace piece is a “super-sized version of a tiny shell-like fragment I found on South Cottesloe Beach”, she says.

The acrylic and polyurethane resin piece (below) makes a striking constrast to the blue of the ocean.

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Britt Mikkelsen’s Ocean Lace. Photo: Jessica Wyld

Local artist Lucy Barker French-knitted blue electrical cords to create Sea Through, a site-specific textural piece that hangs down Bondi’s rock formations. The work uses discard PVC electrical cable,

Lucy Barker’s Sea Through Photo: Jessica Wyld

Marina DeBris’ Inconvenience Store repackages discarded objects found along the shoreline to highlight our disposal culture and litter problem.

Marina Debris’ Inconvenience Store Photo: C Yee

Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea 2017 season ends on Sunday, November 5. Entry is free.

(Lead image: Britt Mikkelsen’s Ocean Lace.  Photo: Jessica Wyld)

Published 30 October, 2017