Cottesloe: Sculpture by the Sea founder says 2017 event the best yet

People take their last chance to see the 13th Sculpture by the Sea this morning, before it shuts at Cottesloe Beach tonight. Pictures: Jon Bassett
Pictures: Jon Bassett
Pictures: Jon Bassett
Pictures: Jon Bassett
Pictures: Jon Bassett
People take their last chance to see the 13th Sculpture by the Sea this morning, before it shuts at Cottesloe Beach tonight. Pictures: Jon Bassett Pictures: Jon Bassett Pictures: Jon Bassett Pictures: Jon Bassett Pictures: Jon Bassett

THIS year’s Sculpture by the Sea is the best ever according to the event’s founder, David Hanley.

Mr Hanley made the claim ahead of the Cottesloe Beach event finishing tonight, and said evening crowds had contributed to making the 13th exhibition the best yet.

“Seeing people out on the warm weekends’ evenings have been my favourite moment in any Sculpture by the Sea ever in Australia and Denmark,” Mr Hanley said yesterday.

Although unseasonal wild weather and high tides forced moving some large sculptures, putting the small art works permanently in a marquee on the Sea View Golf Course instead of at Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club proved to be successful.

“For instance, by mid-afternoon yesterday about 3500 people had gone through the marquee,” Mr Hanley said.

Plans for the next exhibition include announcing the TourismWA international invited artist and interpreters for the deaf, but matting on the beach for disabled access was unlikely to be expanded beyond two days.

The open-air exhibition on the beach attracts about 250,000 people to Cottesloe, boosting beachside business at the end of the summer season.

“During Sculptures, we notice more types of people who wouldn’t normally come to the beach, or only one or two times a year, and more tourists,” Beaches Cafe owner Ly Hoang said.

“Perhaps we need something that brings people earlier Cottesloe, like a music festival or something.”

Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said while the council was not an organiser of events, its planned $26 million revamp of the foreshore, including rebuilding the main carpark, could bring more events and people to Cottesloe in coming years.

Mrs Dawkins said the beach matting was also a noticeable attraction for the elderly and those with other walking difficulties.