2018 Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe to wow Perth March 2 to 19

Mikaela Castledine with Feral. Picture: David Baylis
Mikaela Castledine with Feral. Picture: David Baylis

PERTH’S largest free-to-the-public outdoor art exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2018 is on March 2 to 19.

Celebrating its 14th year, the annual exhibition will feature 73 artworks from 77 artists with 28 from WA.

This year’s exhibition goers can expect everything from a giant eggplant, a dome made of a hundred fish, 400-plus gumboots and 15 crocheted cats to a dog walker surrounded by dogs, kites that represent Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and a gorgeous set of wings worthy of a selfie.

Due to a freight issue in Malaysia, Chinese artist Zhan Wang’s Floating Rock is scheduled to be installed by March 7.

The new work was created specifically for Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe and is a 2m high by 4m wide stainless steel rock set to float on the waters off Cottesloe Beach.

The 18-day exhibition is estimated to attract 220,000 visitors soaking up this sculptural spectacle.

There will be Beach Access Days on Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15, from 10am to 7pm, where special matting will be installed to enable visitors with limited mobility and those using wheelchairs to access sculptures located in specific areas on the beach.

Here is our preview of 11 local artists exhibiting in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2018.

Stuart Green – (b)Rain

The piece “is about an energetic field of buzzing pieces”.

Denise Pepper – Waiting in the Wings

The photogenic wings sculpture represents people aspiring for a “better future”.

Geoff Overheu – Final Approach

Overheu said inspiration for the piece came from the idea around modernism and the symbolism that planes played around within that concept.

Sherry Paddon – Sly Village

It is a tent with a thousand soft toys gathered from op shops around Perth, “It represents a home and a fictional village”.

Jina Lee – Cluster

Cluster is inspired by the shape of an atom.

Andrea Vinkovic – Seed

Seed, was inspired by microscopic images of pollens and seeds as well as the configurations of bubbles.

Johannes Pannekoek – Divergent

Nature is also a strong source of inspiration particularly the Australian coastal and bush environments.

Mikaela Castledine – Feral

The sculptor said she was making a point about humanity’s relationship to animals and the ideologies people project on them.

Berenice Rarig and Rima Zabaneh – Ziptide

The sculpture is made of 50,000 zip-ties and references creatures from the ocean including corals, sponges and sea urchins.

Ron Gomboc – The Elder

This piece is about the importance the older generation and their advice has on young people and the life decisions they make.