A PICTURESQUE sunrise greeted visitors to Cottesloe Beach this morning as this year’s Sculpture by the Sea officially opened.
Eighty sculptures will line the waterfront and sand from the Cottesloe seawall to North Cottesloe over the next 17 days, displaying the work of 70 artists – including 49 Australians – from 17 countries.
Israeli artist Zadok Ben-David’s 5m sculpture of a young man, Big Boy, made its world debut this morning on the Cottesloe groyne.
Zadok-David was one of two Tourism WA Invited International Artists participating in the exhibition for the first time, along with British sculptor Tony Cragg.
South Fremantle artist Alessandra Rossi’s haunting, figurative Untitled Coral Aqua “grapples with modern issues of identity, functioning as a metaphor for the patination and discolouration of emotion engendered by the digital era”.
Sydney artist Margarita Sampson’s bright creation, Dearest, attracted the attention of young fans, offering a seat within the sculpture.
Another popular piece was that of artist Lucy Humphrey, also from Sydney, whose sculpture Horizon “temporarily transforms the viewer’s experience of the site, where a lens effect turns views upside down”.
More than 200,000 people attended last year’s event, with more expected this year.
Sculpture by the Sea runs until March 20.
Entry is free but a gold coin donation is encouraged.