What to Expect at Sculpture by the Sea 2019

Celest by David Ball

Art with a view doesn’t get much better than this.

Sculpture by Sea, Bondi, kicks off for another year on Thursday 24 October, transforming a two-kilometre stretch of the Tamarama to Bondi coastal walk into a work of art.

Time After Time No.2 by Yi Cui

Time After Time No.2 by Yi Cui, pictured at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, earlier in 2019. Image credit: Richard Watson

The free exhibition features more than 100 unique sculptures from Australian and international artists. Smaller works will also be on display at the Sculpture Inside gallery at Marks Park, at the Bondi end of the walk.

Highlights include a new piece from NSW-based sculpture David Ball and Succot by the Sea, a work that celebrates the Jewish Festival of Succot. Several pieces that were part of the Cottesloe iteration of the festival earlier this year will also be on show, including the otherworldly Time After Time No.2 by Yi Cui and the twisted accordion form of Karl Meyer’s Life Support.

Organisers are expecting around 450,000 people to attend this year’s event over its 18-day run. Your best bet for avoiding the crowds? Visit on a weekday, rather than a weekend, or setting an alarm extra-early to admire the pieces at dawn (though, be warned, you will likely still have to contend with photographers eager to capture that sunrise shot).

Street parking is limited around Tamarama and Bondi, so catch public transport or park your car further along the coastal trail (there is more parking closer to Clovelly and Coogee) and walk to the start of the exhibition.

Sculpture by the Sea runs until Sunday, 10 November.    

Top image: Celest by David Ball, pictured at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, earlier in 2019. Image credit: Jessica Wyld

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