Perth’s ‘Sculpture By The Sea’ kicks off soon on Cottesloe Beach

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People of Perth might have noticed interesting sculptures, big and small, cropping up around the city and its suburbs lately; perhaps even regional areas. One thing’s for sure, it’s great to see the arts flourishing in WA. And you can thank events such as ‘Sculpture By The Sea’ for that.

Since its inception in 2005, the annual art event has grown to become Perth’s largest and much-loved free-to-public outdoor exhibition, with over 200,000 visitors now witnessing Cottesloe Beach’s transformation into a giant sculpture part. Similar outdoor exhibitions going by the same name are put on only in Sydney (along Bondi Beach) and in Denmark (organised by the lovely Princess Mary).

This year’s ‘Sculpture By The Sea’ in Cottesloe reaches shore on Friday 7th March, and will feature the works of 74 artists from around the world. 2014 is also the event’s 10th Anniversary, so the quality of sculptures on display is set to be exceptional.

But back to that point about artworks cropping up all over the place. What we’ve noticed is that often governments purchase pieces and position these in certain suburbs and towns. Three fabulous examples of this are the Chen Wenling’s ‘Games’ which sees a kid balancing on the feet of an adult, now situated on Vincent Street in North Perth, an oversized ‘Scrabble’ rack by artist Emma Anna, now posited on Ellsemere Street Reserve, and a giant ‘Give Way’ sign, by artist Jennifer Cochrane, which has be re-erected near the junction of Scarborough Beach Road and Anzac Road, Mt Hawthorn – all three works previously included in ‘Sculpture By The Sea’ exhibitions.

Let’s hope the government keep colouring up our great cities and towns!


‘Sculpture By The Sea’ takes place from Friday 7th to Monday 24th March all along Cottesloe Beach. For more information visit www.sculpturebythesea.com.
Pictured: ‘Look this way’ by Ken Unsworth, and ‘Games’ by Chen Wenling. Photography by Jarrad Seng.