Sculpture by the sea, Cottesloe 2021
Last year Sculpture by the sea, Cottesloe, the annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, has been cut short due to Covid. I am so happy to report that he is coming back for a 17th year. Cottesloe’s famous white sand beach will become an open-air gallery from March 5-22, 2021. So what can we expect?
This year will see seventy works from 13 countries, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, the United States and the Australia. This includes works by 34 sculptors from Western Australia.
The recipient of the $ 10,000 Western Australian Sculptor Fellowship was Jarrod Taylor with his giant 8m tall “structural wave” that “grows out of the earth and reaches an uncharted environment”. The scholarship offers invaluable support for the advancement of the artist’s career, including the opportunity to travel and study his craft.
Taylor said: âTo be selected to receive the West Australian Sculptor Fellowship is overwhelming and a great honor. This will allow me to develop future works that were only dreams and concepts before obtaining this award. My thanks go to Sculpture by the Sea, to the donors and to the entire Scafwest team involved in the creation of this sculpture. “
Both a scaffolder and a surfer, who studied fine arts at the Claremont School of Art, you can understand his inspiration. I wonder if he’s a bit of a medium given the recent tsunami in New Zealand. His acceptance speech will later air on the new TV channel The Ponder Room on YouTube.
Some of those that caught my attention are:
Starting with the delicious “Dream of Cyprus” featured at the top of this article, by Japanese artist Savako, who states that creation is like an adventure that transcends time. I can see this one is a favorite with the kids.
“It’s the head” by Paul Caporn, a commentary on how to rethink the way we commemorate times and people in history. I like the idea that instead of ransacking monuments, we topple them as a constant reminder.
“Figure floating on the ground” by Greg Johns, showing two crops (which could be rocks or wings) affect the final shape.
” Home made “ by Denise Pepper, referring to how, during the lockdown, we stayed home and cooked. An ode to cooking dishes in pressed mussels.
“Coat” by Tania Spencer, a thin piece of copper wire that aims to “fly over you and protect you”. I can see this one adorning many outdoor dining areas.
“Fireplaces” by Karl Meyer, which is indicative of the natural process of thinking about a shape.
In contrast, the detailed headless wood carving “Coat of Wandoo” by Tony Davis, claiming that vandalized stone statues retain a force of presence.
As usual, the sculptures are spread across the beach, which is an added bonus for the step counters among us.
This year the show is also accompanied by added Covid Marshals
I also really liked the merchandise – who doesn’t want a new image on their wall every month?
For more information, see Sculpture By The Sea. The full list of artists is available here. If you go, please make a donation so that the exhibition can continue next year.
The 18-day exhibit has a COVID event plan in place.