13th annual Sculpture by the Sea kicks off in Cottesloe this weekend

Takahiro Hirata, Arrowhead 2016, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Jessica Wyld
Takahiro Hirata, Arrowhead 2016, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2016. Photo Jessica Wyld

THIS year’s Sculpture by the Sea shapes as the biggest yet, with 78 artists from 16 countries exhibiting.

This is the 13th annual Sculpture by the Sea, which draws visitors from all over Australia and the world to soak in some wonderful art works in a beautiful coastal setting.

This year, two of the world’s best known artists, Sir Tony Cragg and Zadok Ben-David, will exhibit major works in Western Australia for the first time.

Cragg, one of the world’s foremost sculptors, is exhibiting Luke (2008) a monumental and complex bronze sculpture where profiles appear and disappear from the surface. 

This work exemplifies the artist’s continued and prolific sculptural push over the past 40 years toward a newly abstracted understanding of the human figure that questions why we are as we are, and why we look like we do. 

Ben-David first came to prominence in the early 1980s.

The monumental figurative corten steel sculpture Big Boy (2016), presented for its inaugural showing at Sculpture by the Sea, is from the artist’s most recent body of work, inspired by travelling the world crossing paths with people.

Sculpture by the Sea runs at Cottesloe beach from March 3-20.