Sculpture by the Sea started out in 1997 as a way to take art to the people, free of charge and in a way that celebrates the concept of community. The dramatically beautiful Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in Sydney’s eastern beaches provided the perfect natural setting to showcase this art, with the rock formations creating natural ‘plinths’ for the works to be displayed upon.

The annual exhibition has grown in stature, crowd numbers and scope, and also spread to the opposite side of the country, at Cottesloe beach in Perth. It’s a great chance for kids to interact with art in a natural environment, with the sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes playful sculptures taking on a life of their own in the great outdoors, freed of the confines of gallery walls and illuminated by the ever-changing natural light. From a two-tonne water-filled ball reflecting the horizon to upcycled plastic lids, you’ll be surprised, entertained and enthralled all the way.

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Sydney: Late October, 2014 (dates TBC; visit website closer to the time)

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