After the week Sandy hit, I needed something to pull my mind away from all the images of the shattered Jersey Shore. Sculptures by the Sea at Bondi Beach provided the perfect opportunity. Not only did it get me outside and around art, but it gave me a chance to see a radiant, intact coastline after looking at picture after picture of my childhood beaches carved up and the communities around them in chaos.
Sculptures takes place every fall, beginning near Bondi Icebergs and ending near Tamarama Beach. It is as it sounds — displays of art, some ornate and some ordinary, erected on the beach and the cliffside along the shoreline. Some of the works are abstract, others made with pieces of found art and still others are alive with plant life. As any trip to a museum will prove, not all the art is up my alley, but it’s such an unusual exhibition setting that it draws thousands to Bondi each year.
Sometimes the people who gather around the art almost become part of the display, standing in scattered spots, but somehow bringing a semblance of posed positioning at the same time.
There seemed to be more animal replicas incorporated into the exhibition, including some of Australia’s native critters. This lizard made of multi-colored rope was one of my favorites.
Walking along the beach and looking at the art made me feel better after Sandy. A surprise visitor seen climbing over a cliff near one of the larger sculptures seemed to send the final sign that everything was going to be OK.
You could say it was a little creepy. But I thought it was awesome. I don’t know who this guy is or why he got dressed up and visited Sculptures by the Sea on a random Sunday, but I appreciated it.
How do you make yourself feel better after an emotionally-draining week?