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I love coastal and bush walks in Sydney – the Captain and I even have two guide books about all the coastal and bush walks in the area. The Coogee to Bondi walk was one of the first walks I ever did in Sydney, way back when I was still a visitor to this beachside city. These days, it’s not our first choice for walks – it’s a little too busy for our tastes – but it’s still as pretty as ever, and there’s no better time to visit than when the Sculpture by the Sea exhibit is on.
Sculpture by the Sea is an annual event where sculptures of all shapes and sizes sprout up along the coastal path from Bondi beach to Tamarama beach. Overnight, giant shapes like this rhino casually sunbathing on the beach appear and colonise the beach for two and a half weeks.
This year’s sculptures seem to have a bit of an animal theme, from the Rhino lazing on the beach, half buried by the sand (good protection against the UV rays!), to the skeletal horse trying to claw his way out of the mountain.
There’s even an egg on display, with black egg “whites” and a grey yolk. Could be a dinosaur egg, or maybe the sculpture was Asian and craving century eggs.
Some sculptures are pretty like this lacework frame with an amazing view. Others require some interpretation like this piece below that looks like a pile of artfully jumbled driftwood. The irony is that a king tide arrived on opening weekend, and did exactly that – washed away some of this installation.
One of my favourite installations was this tap jutting out over the hillside, with a large drop of water dangling from it. It’s a good reminder of the water crisis we are facing globally – nearly 1 billion people in the developing world (or one in nine worldwide) don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water today.
Sculpture by the Sea in held every year at the end of October / early November. Sculptures start from the southwestern tip of Bondi Beach and end at Tamarama Beach. The event usually attracts lots of visitors, so it’s best to leave the car at home. There’s plenty of public transport (buses) to Bondi Beach and Tamarama. For families with babies, there’s usually a free shuttle with baby capsules and booster seats.
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