Bali sculpture – Balibs http://balibs.org/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 17:36:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://balibs.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Bali sculpture – Balibs http://balibs.org/ 32 32 A Look at India’s First Sand Sculpture Museum in Mysore https://balibs.org/a-look-at-indias-first-sand-sculpture-museum-in-mysore/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 05:20:00 +0000 https://balibs.org/a-look-at-indias-first-sand-sculpture-museum-in-mysore/ Mysore (or Mysuru) is a historic city in Karnataka packed with amazing attractions including Mysore Palace, Vrindavan Gardens, and Mysore Zoo among others. But did you know that the Cultural Center of Karnataka is also home to a unique sand sculpture museum that took the country by surprise. It is also India’s first sand sculpture […]]]>

Mysore (or Mysuru) is a historic city in Karnataka packed with amazing attractions including Mysore Palace, Vrindavan Gardens, and Mysore Zoo among others. But did you know that the Cultural Center of Karnataka is also home to a unique sand sculpture museum that took the country by surprise. It is also India’s first sand sculpture museum.


Learn about Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum

A Look at India's First Sand Sculpture Museum in Mysore

The museum was conceptualized by the famous sand artist, MN Gowri. She took about four months to create the complete look.


So, first let’s talk about the location of the museum which is awesome. The museum is built close to the hill of Chamundi and showcases the rich cultural heritage of the city. The incredible museum houses around 150 monoliths made using 115 trucks filled with sand, water and a little glue!

A Look at India's First Sand Sculpture Museum in Mysore

Spread over 13,500 square feet, the museum showcases the city’s rich heritage and wildlife. These are presented in 16 different themes and some of the most stunning works include the sculpture of Tom and Jerry, Chamundeshwari and a giant 15ft idol of Lord Ganesha. There are also monoliths of Krishna, Arjuna and Buddha. The Christmas tree and Santa Claus also look interesting. You will be amazed to see the Disneyland characters adorning the museum which are absolutely fascinating.

How to reach?

A Look at India's First Sand Sculpture Museum in Mysore

It is quite easy to locate the sand sculpture museum. It is located near the base of Chamundi Hills in Sapthamathruka Layout, close to the bus stop.

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A woman bought a sculpture from Goodwill for $34.99. It was actually a missing ancient Roman bust. https://balibs.org/a-woman-bought-a-sculpture-from-goodwill-for-34-99-it-was-actually-a-missing-ancient-roman-bust/ Sun, 08 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://balibs.org/a-woman-bought-a-sculpture-from-goodwill-for-34-99-it-was-actually-a-missing-ancient-roman-bust/ An ancient Roman bust from around the first century that had been missing for decades finally made it to the San Antonio Museum of Art, and all it took for one artist to buy it from a Texas goodwill for less than $40. In 2018, art collector Laura Young was shopping at a Goodwill store […]]]>

An ancient Roman bust from around the first century that had been missing for decades finally made it to the San Antonio Museum of Art, and all it took for one artist to buy it from a Texas goodwill for less than $40.

In 2018, art collector Laura Young was shopping at a Goodwill store in Austin, Texas when she came across a sculpture on the floor under a table, according to the San Antonio Museum of Art. Someone looking for undervalued or rare artwork, Young told the Art Journal she bought the piece for $34.99, and a photo of it after buying it shows it buckled up in her car with a price tag on her cheek.

The Roman bust after its purchase by Laura Young. It was sold at a Goodwill in Austin, Texas for $34.99.

After buying the bust, Young noticed that it looked very old and worn, so she wanted to know when and where it came from. Over the next two years, Young consulted with art history experts from the University of Texas at Austin and auction houses across the United States in search of answers.

Eventually, Jörg Deterling, a consultant for fine art brokerage firm Sotheby’s, identified the bust as a piece that had once been in a German museum decades ago and put it in touch with German authorities.

It turns out that the sculpture is from the end of the first century BC to the beginning of the first century AD. The museum believes it depicts a son of Pompey the Great, who was defeated in the Civil War by Julius Caesar, while The Art Newspaper reported that the bust is believed to depict Roman commander Drusus Germanicus.

Portrait of a man, Roman marble, late 1st century BC-early 1st century AD, on loan from the Bavarian State Castles, Gardens and Lakes Administration

Portrait of a man, Roman marble, late 1st century BC-early 1st century AD, on loan from the Bavarian State Castles, Gardens and Lakes Administration

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The bust had belonged to King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who lived from 1786 to 1868, and was part of a life-size model he had built of a house in Pompeii, called the Pompejanum, in Aschaffenburg, Germany. The model lasted nearly 200 years, but during World War II it was badly damaged by Allied bombers.

No one is quite sure how the bust came from being nearly destroyed at Austin Goodwill, but the museum noted that the US military had established bases in Aschaffenburg which were used until the Cold War, so a soldier from the Texas probably took it before going home.

“It’s a great story whose plot includes the era of World War II, international diplomacy, the art of the ancient Mediterranean, the search for thrift stores, historic Bavarian royalty and the thoughtful management of those who care for and preserve the arts, whether as individuals or institutions,” said Emily Ballew Neff, director of Kelso at the museum, in a statement.

As part of an agreement with the Bavarian Administration for State-owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes, the Roman bust will be on display at the San Antonio Art Museum until May 21, 2023. Then it will finally return to Germany.

Laura Young poses with the bust she purchased from Goodwill in 2018.

Laura Young poses with the bust she purchased from Goodwill in 2018.

Leila Amineddoleh, Young’s attorney, told USA TODAY that she worked with Young on ownership issues, as she was not the rightful owner of the bust as it had been given or sold to someone. Young received a finder’s fee for returning the bust, but Amineddoleh did not disclose the amount.

Young said she was thrilled to find out the origins of the bust, but added that it was bittersweet because she couldn’t keep it or sell it.

“Anyway, I’m glad I got to be a part of (his) long and complicated story, and he looked great in the house while I had him,” she said.

Follow Jordan Mendoza on Twitter: @jordan_mendoza5.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Woman buys ancient Roman bust from Texas Goodwill store for just $34.99

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Ancient goddess sculpture discovered by farmer in Gaza Strip https://balibs.org/ancient-goddess-sculpture-discovered-by-farmer-in-gaza-strip/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://balibs.org/ancient-goddess-sculpture-discovered-by-farmer-in-gaza-strip/ A Palestinian farmer found a rare 4,500-year-old stone sculpture while working on his land in the southern Gaza Strip, the ruling Hamas authorities said on Monday. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said the 22 centimeters (6.7 inches) tall limestone head is believed to represent the Canaanite goddess Anat and is dated to around 2,500 […]]]>

A Palestinian farmer found a rare 4,500-year-old stone sculpture while working on his land in the southern Gaza Strip, the ruling Hamas authorities said on Monday.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said the 22 centimeters (6.7 inches) tall limestone head is believed to represent the Canaanite goddess Anat and is dated to around 2,500 BC.

“Anat was the goodness of love, beauty and war in Canaanite mythology,” Jamal Abu Rida, director of the ministry, said in a statement.

Gaza, a narrow enclave on the Mediterranean Sea, has a treasure trove of antiquities and archaeological sites as it was a major land route connecting ancient civilizations in Egypt, the Levant and Mesopotamia.

But unearthed antiquities frequently disappear, and development projects take priority over preserving archaeological sites under the urban sprawl needed to accommodate the 2.3 million people crammed into the densely populated territory.

In 2017, the Hamas movement, which had taken control of the Gaza Strip a decade earlier, destroyed large parts of a rare Canaanite settlement to make way for a housing estate for its own employees.

And to date, a life-size statue of the Greek god Apollo that surfaced in 2013 and then disappeared has yet to be found.

In January, bulldozers digging for an Egyptian-funded housing project unearthed the ruins of a Roman-era tomb.


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The Thinker sculpture by Taiwanese artist Lee Kuang-Yu donated to Gardens by the Bay https://balibs.org/the-thinker-sculpture-by-taiwanese-artist-lee-kuang-yu-donated-to-gardens-by-the-bay/ Tue, 12 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://balibs.org/the-thinker-sculpture-by-taiwanese-artist-lee-kuang-yu-donated-to-gardens-by-the-bay/ Image: Chini Gallery On your next visit to the Cloud Forest of Gardens by the Bay, don’t miss the Thinker sculpture by Taiwanese artist Lee Kuang-Yu. Sculpture Thinker by Taiwanese artist Lee Kuang-Yu The Thinker was among 16 sculptures by Mr. Lee on display at the Cloud Forest for the first […]]]>



Image: Chini Gallery

On your next visit to the Cloud Forest of Gardens by the Bay, don’t miss the Thinker sculpture by Taiwanese artist Lee Kuang-Yu.


Sculpture Thinker by Taiwanese artist Lee Kuang-Yu

The Thinker was among 16 sculptures by Mr. Lee on display at the Cloud Forest for the first large-scale art exhibition to take place in the Cloud Forest. A sculptor’s secret garden back in August 2020.

At that time, the Cloud Forest had just reopened to the public after the Circuit Breaker period.


Cultural exchange

The Thinker was donated by the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore and the Taipei Business Association in Singapore to Gardens by the Bay on its tenth anniversary.

Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore, Francis Liang Kuo-Hsin, said, “The donation of Thinker, Lee’s signature work of homage to nature and life, to the permanent collection of Gardens by the Bay, bears witness to an important stage in the exchange of art between Taiwan and Singapore. Singapore is a master at blending nature and city life, while Taiwan is fertile ground for cultivating the humanities and arts that promote curiosity and tolerance. Just as Gardens by the Bay inspires and uplifts the spirits of all its visitors with its blend of botanical beauty and artistry, we hope that Singapore and Taiwan can leverage each other’s complementary strengths to create positive synergies for two parts.

President of the Taipei Business Association in Singapore, James Yang, said: “The Taipei Business Association in Singapore is honored and delighted to be part of the donation of Thinker, the iconic bronze sculpture by Taiwanese sculptor Lee Kuang-Yu, to the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Gardens by the Bay. It is a progression to another level in promoting cultural exchanges between Singapore and Taiwan.

The Thinker is the latest addition to Gardens by the Bay’s growing collection of world-class sculptures. He had also recently received a donation of a work by Dale Chihuly, which is also on display at the Cloud Forest.






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Dale Chihuly’s Ethereal White Persians Sculpture Gets Permanent Place at Cloud Forest Dome https://balibs.org/dale-chihulys-ethereal-white-persians-sculpture-gets-permanent-place-at-cloud-forest-dome/ Tue, 05 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://balibs.org/dale-chihulys-ethereal-white-persians-sculpture-gets-permanent-place-at-cloud-forest-dome/ Image: Gardens by the Bay Stroll through the Gardens by the Bay and you can also enjoy a collection of art, including sculptures like the Moongate. Now, in the Cloud Forest Dome, there is yet another piece for visitors to enjoy – the Ethereal White Persians sculpture by Dale Chihuly. Sculpture of ethereal white Persians […]]]>

Image: Gardens by the Bay

Stroll through the Gardens by the Bay and you can also enjoy a collection of art, including sculptures like the Moongate. Now, in the Cloud Forest Dome, there is yet another piece for visitors to enjoy – the Ethereal White Persians sculpture by Dale Chihuly.


Sculpture of ethereal white Persians

(L to R) National Development Minister Desmond Lee, President Halimah Yacob, Tanoto Foundation Board Member Anderson Tanoto and Gardens by the Bay Board Member John Tan at the unveiling of Dale Chihuly's Ethereal White Persians at Cloud Forest – a gift from the Tanoto Foundation to Gardens by the Bay.
(L to R) National Development Minister Desmond Lee, President Halimah Yacob, Board Member
of the Tanoto Foundation Anderson Tanoto and Gardens by the Bay Board Member John Tan at the unveiling of Dale Chihuly’s Ethereal White Persians at Cloud Forest – a gift from the Tanoto Foundation to Gardens by the Bay.

Following the Dale Chihuly exhibition held at Gardens by the Bay last year, the Tanoto Foundation has decided to give Gardens by the Bay a gift for its 10th anniversary this year in the form of the glass sculpture Ethereal White Persians.

The Tanoto Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization founded by Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto based on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to realize their full potential.


Dale Chihuly Sculpture at Gardens by the Bay

Thanks to the Tanoto Foundation, Dale Chihuly’s Ethereal White Persians sculpture will now be a permanent feature of the Lost World on the highest level of the air-conditioned veranda.

Anderson Tanoto, Board Member of the Tanoto Foundation, said, “In celebration of Gardens by the Bay’s 10th anniversary as a people’s garden, the Tanoto Foundation is honored to make the Ethereal White Persians a permanent feature of the cloud forest. The work of the Foundation has been guided by our mission to provide equal opportunity to the community primarily through education, medical research and youth leadership. Likewise, we believe that access to internationally acclaimed art should be available to everyone in Singapore. Measuring nine feet tall and an assemblage of 97 individual glass pieces, Dale Chihuly’s Ethereal White Persians are awe-inspiring. It signifies perseverance, the pursuit of excellence and reflects the positive spirit of constantly pushing the limits to open up new horizons. We hope this work of art can inspire many Singaporeans.

Leslie Chihuly, CEO of Chihuly Studio, said, “Last year we had the incredible opportunity to stage Dale’s first major garden exhibition in Asia, at Gardens by the Bay. We are honored that this installation remains in the gardens for all to enjoy, and we are grateful to the Tanoto Foundation for making this possible.

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Balenciaga’s Runner now comes in the form of a ceramic sculpture https://balibs.org/balenciagas-runner-now-comes-in-the-form-of-a-ceramic-sculpture/ Tue, 29 Mar 2022 09:17:12 +0000 https://balibs.org/balenciagas-runner-now-comes-in-the-form-of-a-ceramic-sculpture/ So you consider yourself the ultimate Balenciaga fan. You have a wardrobe full of Balenciaga cuts, your sneaker rotation is full of kicks, but do you have a fireplace laden with Runner ceramic sculptures? Not yet, but if Demna has anything to do with it, you will soon. If there’s one thing we can all […]]]>

So you consider yourself the ultimate Balenciaga fan. You have a wardrobe full of Balenciaga cuts, your sneaker rotation is full of kicks, but do you have a fireplace laden with Runner ceramic sculptures? Not yet, but if Demna has anything to do with it, you will soon.

If there’s one thing we can all universally agree about Balenciaga shoes (sneakers in particular), it’s that they are divisive. When you recall, even the Sock Runner was “controversial” when it was released, and compared to some of the brand’s more contemporary releases; these are quite tame.

I’ll throw my hands up and say that I usually lean towards “too much” or “wtf” when a new figure drops. I was particularly guilty of this with the Track 2, only to go on and pick up a pair two years later, and honestly it’s one of my favorite sneakers on the market.

The same goes for the Runner, almost universally dubbed the Demna ASICS rip-off. While it’s pretty obvious that Balenciaga took inspiration from classic “dad shoe” runners, it’s still a unique take; and one of the best in their arsenal.

I say all of this to say, why wouldn’t we want a hand-sculpted ceramic version of a sneaker that might not be ugly?

For that lonely Be@rbrick on your own, Demna offers the Runner sculpture – a limited edition hand-sculpted and modeled ceramic and glazed porcelain craft, perfect for the ultimate Bali fan.

At $7,290, it’ll set you back a little more than the $1,150 sneaker, so empty your piggy bank and head to (select) Balenciaga’s physical retail spaces to grab one of your own.

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Japanese house design by Maniera Architects reveals concrete ‘sacred sculpture’ https://balibs.org/japanese-house-design-by-maniera-architects-reveals-concrete-sacred-sculpture/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://balibs.org/japanese-house-design-by-maniera-architects-reveals-concrete-sacred-sculpture/ A dramatic exposed concrete facade forms this inward facing Japanese home, aptly named Sculpt. The house is the latest work in residential architecture from Hyōgo-based studio Maniera Architects & Associates. The firm led by architects Kazuo Oe, Terumi Oe and Taisuke Oe is a specialist in contemporary homes, where it has executed more than 150 […]]]>

A dramatic exposed concrete facade forms this inward facing Japanese home, aptly named Sculpt. The house is the latest work in residential architecture from Hyōgo-based studio Maniera Architects & Associates. The firm led by architects Kazuo Oe, Terumi Oe and Taisuke Oe is a specialist in contemporary homes, where it has executed more than 150 projects in suburban cities across Japan. Sculpt is located in a neighborhood of Ashiya, Hyōgo characterized by a heterogeneous nature of suburban architecture. The townscape is made up of modest two-storey houses that house contemporary facilities amid strict government regulations and limited plot sizes.




The spectacular exposed concrete facade of Sculpt, a house located in Ashiya, Hyōgo Image: Yasunori Shimomura


The sharp geometry of the structural skin and the sheer opacity of its surface attract attention, especially the absence of openings for peeking inside. According to Maniera Architects & Associates, the building’s surreal gated facade was the result of an architectural intervention that considered accommodating a tree growing just outside the plot. The building therefore presented no landscape or architectural elements at the entrance, but only a monolithic presence engulfing itself in its silence.



A striking staircase on the ground floor is inspired by the architecture of Carlo Scarpa |  Sculpt |  Japan |  STIRworld
A striking staircase on the ground floor is inspired by the architecture of Carlo Scarpa Image: Yasunori Shimomura


You enter Sculpt through a large black door at the bottom of the slightly protruding part of the facade. Inside, streams of daylight pour into a cozy lobby that features a small seating area and a beautiful white staircase inspired by the architecture of revered Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. The staircase design features a combination of pointed and curved elements cast in concrete. Maniera Architects & Associates mentions that the idea was to challenge the use of concrete – both in the facade, the staircase and other elements of the house – to create complex three-dimensional forms.



  • The passage separating the living room and the dining room on the first floor |  Sculpt |  Japan |  STIRworld
    The passage separating the living room and the dining room on the first floor Image: Yasunori Shimomura






  • The living room overlooking an interior garden |  Sculpt |  Japan |  STIRworld
    The living room overlooking an interior garden Image: Yasunori Shimomura



By treading the steps, one arrives at the first floor which is the living quarters of the house. The living room and the family dining room are designed facing each other and separated by a linear passage which ends in a glass door. The spaces are arranged around a grid of four concrete columns that create a cross-shaped arrangement. The second floor consists of the family’s private spaces including the master bedroom and a bathroom overlooking a karesansui, or rock garden.



The bathroom overlooks an intimate rock garden |  Sculpt |  Japan |  STIRworld
The bathroom overlooks an intimate rockery Image: Yasunori Shimomura


While concern for the owner’s privacy speaks volumes at the entrance, inside, however, the architects have deliberately created open spaces that are linked to the exterior. The living quarters as well as the quiet family territory on the second floor capture distant views of Mount Rokkō, while inside the building itself these are connected to small pockets of greenery sculpted on the site.



Basement Bar Captures Vintage Appeal |  Sculpt |  Japan |  STIRworld
Basement bar captures vintage appeal Image: Yasunori Shimomura


For the design team, a special space within Sculpt is a basement bar. The space has a vintage charm, a nod to 1970s style. From an oxidized copper counter, to walls clad in antique brick, to furnishings made up of velvet curtains, dark mirrors, and dark mirrors. a vintage car, it contrasts sportingly with the minimalist contemporary character of the area that dots the rest of the house.

Through a highly defined opaque façade to the flowing interior spaces, within Sculpt channels of interaction with the outside world take center stage. The choice of materiality too, consisting of oak furniture, laminate surfaces and stone slab floors, fits well with the residential scheme.



A night view of Sculpt |  Sculpt |  Japan |  STIRworld
A night view of Sculpt Image: Yasunori Shimomura


Japanese houses previously posted on STIR include Tsuruoka House in Tokyo by Kiyoaki Takeda Architects, River Sea Residence in Hyogo by Kawazoe Architects, Setoyama Villa in Shizuoka by Moriya and Partners, and Soil House in Fukushima by ADX.

project details

Name of the project : Sculpt

Location: Ashiya, Hyōgo

Customer: Shunsei Fujimura

Architect: Kazuo Oe, Terumi Oe, Taisuke Oe

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Gallery: Sculpture by the Sea officially opens at WA’s Cottesloe Beach https://balibs.org/gallery-sculpture-by-the-sea-officially-opens-at-was-cottesloe-beach/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://balibs.org/gallery-sculpture-by-the-sea-officially-opens-at-was-cottesloe-beach/ One of the world’s largest annual sculpture exhibitions has returned to the shores of Western Australia. The popular Sculpture by the Sea officially opened on Cottesloe Beach on Friday with 70 stunning sculptures spread out along the shoreline. The sculptures have been created by artists from around the world, including Japan, Singapore, the United States, […]]]>

One of the world’s largest annual sculpture exhibitions has returned to the shores of Western Australia.

The popular Sculpture by the Sea officially opened on Cottesloe Beach on Friday with 70 stunning sculptures spread out along the shoreline.

The sculptures have been created by artists from around the world, including Japan, Singapore, the United States, Mexico, France and India.

The diverse exhibition, as seen below, is expected to attract thousands of people and visitors have until March 22 to view the incredible pieces.

Camera iconSculpture 35 by Merle Topsi Davis. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  PICTURED: (70) LINDA BOWDEN
Camera iconSculpture 70 by Linda Bowden. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.
Camera iconSculpture 57 by Erica Zaino. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Photo (57) ERICA ZAINO
Camera iconSculpture 57 by Erica Zaino. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Pictured: (25) TANIA SPENCER
Camera iconSculpture 25 by Tania Spencer.

Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia

Sculptures by the Sea: the artist Subiaco Monia Allegre who returns to the exhibition in 2022 with a piece entitled
Camera iconSculpture by Monia Allègre. Credit: Michael Wilson/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Pictured - (44) VOXLAB X
Camera iconSculpture 44 by Voxlab X. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Pictured - (56) Heavy Duty
Camera iconSculpture 56 by Heavy Duty. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Pictured: (51) MR RON GOMBOC
Camera iconSculpture 51 by RM Ron Gomboc. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Pictured (47) NEIL TURNER
Camera iconSculpture 47 by Neil Turner. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Pictured - (62) NOAH BIRCH
Camera iconSculpture 62 by Noah Birch. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Picture - (64) MIKAELA CASTLEDINE
Camera iconSculpture 64 by Mikaela Castledine. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Pictured - (5) EIJI HAYAKAWA
Camera iconSculpture 5 by Eiji Hayakawa. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Pictured (48) MARK GRAY-SMITH
Camera iconSculpture 48 by Mark Grey-Smith Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Photo - (33) CHEE KIONG YEO
Camera iconSculpture 33 by Chee Kiong Yeo. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  (33) CHEE KIONG YEO
Camera iconSculpture 33 by Chee Kiong Yeo. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Pictured - (46) SAVAKO
Camera iconSculpture 46 by Savako. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe this Friday 4 March.  Photo - Axelle Sommier with Solal Sommier - Marwick (2) and dog Telsa with (2) Lone Dingo by Jimmie Rix.
Camera iconSculpture 2 by Jimmie Rix. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia
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Travel March 2, 2022 11:18 p.m.3 minute read Anton Forde’s ‘The Unity of Protection Te Kotahitanga o Whakamaru’ is one of many works featured at Sculpture on the Gulf 2022. Photo/Supplied What do a life-size fake post office, a collection of colored resin cubes, and a Moa made from Nikau palm trees have in common? […]]]>
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Anton Forde’s ‘The Unity of Protection Te Kotahitanga o Whakamaru’ is one of many works featured at Sculpture on the Gulf 2022. Photo/Supplied

What do a life-size fake post office, a collection of colored resin cubes, and a Moa made from Nikau palm trees have in common?

These are delightfully creative works of art that you can find on Waiheke Island’s Matiatia Coastal Walkway for the next three weeks as part of the Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 event.

'The Last Post Office' by established Kiwi artist Denis O'Connor.  Photo / Provided
‘The Last Post Office’ by established Kiwi artist Denis O’Connor. Photo / Provided

Since 2003, Sculpture on the Gulf has transformed the iconic headland into a gallery without walls where people can experience awe-inspiring works by some of Aotearoa’s finest artists.

Just 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland, this is an ideal day trip for art lovers, families or just curious Kiwis who want to experience a healthy dose of culture in nature.

What you need to know before you go:

Don’t forget your ticket
This year, Sculpture on the Gulf will be a ticket-only event. While children 15 and under can come for free, older attendees must purchase a ticket and present it to enter. These will not be date specific, so you can come any day of your choice between March 4 and March 27.

Leave the heels and hiking boots at home
The track is a manicured mix of wood chips, grass, dusty gravel and dirt, so leave your pristine white sneakers and heels at home. However, you don’t necessarily need hiking boots or chunky sneakers; comfortable sneakers, ballerinas (or even jandals for the youngest) are perfect.

Lang Ea's playful installation
Lang Ea’s playful installation “KA -BOOM!” which is along the trail. Photo / Provided

Be smart about the sun (and the rain)
There is very little shade along the trail, so watch the weather before you go. If it’s blue skies and sunshine, pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a bottle of water.

Don’t miss the guide
If you’ve ever visited a museum with a guide, you know how context and background can transform the experience. The sculpture on the gulf is no different. Weird or confusing pieces turn into cutting social commentary or poignant reflections when viewed alongside the event guide. This can be purchased at the information tent for $5.

Prepare your masks and passes
All participants over the age of 12 will need to show their My Vaccine Pass, so have it handy in your wallet or on your phone. Face masks will be encouraged in all indoor venues and required for the ferry and public transport.

The installation of 'Te Kura Nui from Nine Heavens' by Ioane Ioane.  Photo / Provided
The installation of ‘Te Kura Nui from Nine Heavens’ by Ioane Ioane. Photo / Provided

Prepare for a short wait
To allow for distancing, only 100 people will be allowed on the one-way lane at a time. If you arrive using the event shuttle (which runs from Mataitia to the event entrance), this will be scheduled every 20-30 minutes to allow you to start walking shortly after your arrival at the entrance. If you arrive by private vehicle or on foot, you will be admitted according to capacity.

Switch from art viewer to art collector, if you wish
Since 2003, the event has helped well-established emerging artists network, gain exposure and sell their work. All of the works (except 12 that were already sold before opening) will be for sale, so watch out for the little red stickers on their panels.

Make the most of the extended program
Did you like the trail? Continue the artistic adventure and discover other installations in the district of works of art. This includes a special exhibition of sculptures at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, where artists will make smaller scale models inspired by their larger catwalk works.

For information on transportation, wheelchair accessibility, shuttles, and more, check out the Sculpture on the Gulf website.

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Central Coast Council’s decision to decommission a large Scrabble sculpture has been met with opposition from the community. Key points: The council says the sculpture had become unsafe and could not be repaired Resident says council could fix potholes instead of getting rid of something the community loves Others say that all things have an […]]]>

Central Coast Council’s decision to decommission a large Scrabble sculpture has been met with opposition from the community.

The artwork, which was unveiled at Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea in 2008, has been exhibited around the world and has been on the Central Coast foreshore since the council purchased it in 2016.

The council said a contractor had assessed the damage to the sculpture and confirmed it was a safety risk.

“The letters in the sculpture are cracked and chipped and may fall off if pushed,” the council said.

The sculpture provided a good photo opportunity for locals and visitors.(Provided: Shery Stinton)

War of words

David Dworjanyn started a petition asking council to start listening to ratepayers and bring the sculpture back.

A sign on a beach explaining why a beloved sculpture is no longer there.
The council replaced the sculpture with a sign explaining why it was removed.(Facebook: I love Tascott)

“I see no danger of a tile falling on my head,” Mr Dworjanyn said.

“The cement tiles – it’s fixable for less than the cost it would have cost the city council to remove it and dispose of it.

“It goes beyond the belief that it’s gone – it goes against community norms and what the community wants.

“I don’t understand and I don’t think anyone in the community understands.”

Another resident, Joy Cooper, said the council should read its own cultural plan.

“One of the points is that the artistic and cultural experience is essential to the well-being of our community,” said Ms. Cooper.

Others rewrote John Lennon’s Imagine as an ode to the vanquished artwork:

Imagine there is no sculpture
It’s easy if you try
Too busy asking for IPART
To dry our pockets
-Luke Stevenson

Imagine the sculpture removed
The Imagine Scrabble sculpture was exhibited at Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea in 2008 and purchased by the council in 2016.(Instagram: emmaannawordplay)

End of an “economic life”?

But others defended the council.

“Most assets have an economic life beyond which it makes no sense to keep them,” Kevin Armstrong wrote on Facebook.

“This applies to public buildings, private homes, vehicles, construction equipment and many other assets.

In a statement, the council said that “the artist, Emma Anna, understands that the artwork is now a safety issue and has agreed to decommission the artwork”.

“She always considered that the materials used would have a short lifespan,” the statement said.

Asked about the issue on ABC Central Coast on Friday morning, council leader David Farmer said it was the first he had heard of it.

With additional reporting by Emma Simkin, Caroline Perryman and Scott Levi

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