Here we are back on the beach at Cottesloe for this years Sculptures by the Sea (please make them bigger) and I seem to remember for last years show the sky was also moody and threatening, only last time it did rain, not so lucky on Saturday! I started at the top end of the beach walking down towards the pier so will keep on that path today. Made of cast marble and solar panels 'Solar Jayne' above by WA artist Geoffrey Drake-Brockman is a 'solar activated kinetic sculpture based on a body mould of Jayne Smeulders, principle dancer WA Ballet, this one was a favourite with the young girls as she slowly turned with the sun.....
There is a strong environmental theme to this years show.. the piece above titled 'Plastic World' by Carole Purnelle and Nuno May from Portugal representing 'a planet entirely built with plastic rubbish from the planet's oceans, representing the ecological footprint of all the countries of the world'.
Above 'Gift of the Rhinoceros' created in polypropylene fibre and aluminium by WA artist Mikaela Castledine. An Attenborough Impresario.. televised natural history programs have replaced the impresario, who once brought the wonders of the world for us to marvel at and be inspired'...
'Offshore Trading' by NSW artist Flossie Pietsch above. One tonne bulka bags, paint and beach sand.. the statement being 'beach sand from Canada? Absurd, yet it could be true'. Well I say fruit maybe, and I don't agree with that.. but sand never :)
I can't imagine how long it took to put together the more than many plastic lids, cable ties and plastic bottles that pull together to make 'Over Consumption' by WA's Kerrie Argent, representing 'the threat we face by the mountains of floating rubbish. Five great garbage patches, more every day'. It did amuse me that the local who strolled up and put his towel down beside this piece didn't give it a glance before heading down for his daily swim regardless of all the weird and wonderful things on his beach :)
Again the environmental message from WA artist Richie Kuhaupt with his 'Norfolk Pine' sculpture. Made with pine pallets and pine tree he tells it like this.. 'a Norfolk Pine was cut down in his neighbourhood to make way for a housing development, a few days later, building materials appeared on the block strapped to pine pallets'. Trees chopped down willy nilly is a sore point with me!
I loved everything about 'Signature' by WA's Johannes Pannekoek, how it looks and what it represents. Created in marine grade aluminum 'the spiral form is encountered so frequently in the natural world, the artist interprets this as nature's signature'.. j'adore! I had read about Bulk Carrier (behind Signature) and was quite prepared to hate it, but this enormous PVC creation by WA's Norton Flavel was mesmerizing as it undulated with the breeze, the 'nozzle' bobbing drunkenly up & around! It made it's presence felt in many of the pictures by it's size alone, did I mention the undulating :)
Above 'Rescheduling Permanence' by Helen Seiver from WA. Constructed in wood and crocheted plastic bags representing 'domestic responsibility for plastic waste disposal and it's devastating impact on our waterways and oceans'. Well I hope this hasn't been too much but I feel the work that goes into these sculptures deserves to be explained what do you think? More tomorrow and maybe not so much chat :) Happy Tuesday, take care.....p.s. it kind of reminded me of the Elephant Seal that was resting on our beach a few weeks ago :)