Sun rises on Sculpture by the Sea as it celebrates 20th year

Sun rises on Sculpture by the Sea as it celebrates 20th year

Sun rises on Sculpture by the Sea as it celebrates 20th year

On the shores of Bondi Beach a dawning sun peeked pink on the sculptural form of three orbiting silver discs, one that its maker, the renowned Australian sculptor, Inge King, will never see in-situ.The pioneer of contemporary sculpture died in Melbourne in April, “half way between 100 and 101″, having designed one of the crowning glories of the Bondi-to-Tamarama Sculpture by the Sea walk, one of Sydney’s most widely attended, outdoor cultural exhibitions.SMH News. Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo shows, Mountain Air- Circles by Koichi Ishino Photo by, Peter Rae Wednesday 19 October 2016. Photo: Peter Rae”She would have been thoroughly delighted and said, ‘It is about time’,” Australian Galleries’ director Stuart Purves said, admiring the six-metre-high sculpture, one of two brought from King’s garden studio in semi-rural Melbourne to sun-bleached Bondi.”She was really about beauty, seriousness and integrity, and this work shows an incredible sense of freedom and broad thinking at that stage of her life; it is like talking to space.”SMH News. Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo shows, Detritus Parasitus by Ian Swift. Photo by, Peter Rae Wednesday 19 October 2016. Photo: Peter RaeConstructed of polished stainless steel with three intersectional rings, King’s Celestial rings I, and a sister work, Link III, also on public show, embody all that King thought sculpture should be: large-scale, exuding strength, movement, light and power and yet simple in its execution. “She was a remarkable person in that she was working in Australia in the wilderness in the early days when sculpture was not recognised and understood, and got recognition late in life when in her 70s,” Purves said of the woman he knew for 35 years.”Sculpture by the Sea approached me. The whole thing is about honouring her importance in the art world, and her age and stage.”King’s two works join those of more than 100 featured artists from 17 countries to be showcased in the walk’s 20th year. Pioneering sculptor Inge King died in April but her work lives on in Sculpture by the Sea. Photo: Peter RaeFrom the collective behind the 22-metre-tall bamboo tower exhibited in the forecourt of Sydney’s Customs House for City of Sydney’s 2015’s Art and About, Sydney-based Cave Urban has created a bamboo and steel orb titled The Golden Hour.Appearing from afar as a flat disc, the work takes inspiration from the rising and setting sun, twin spectacles in a day signalling renewal and extinction. Steely sunrise, Bondi Beach. Photo: Peter RaeThe sculpted work was made by lashing lengths of bamboo together with wire ties, harvested a month ago from Peats Ridge, around a frame of prefabricated steel manufactured off site.It’s taken a team of six people more than eight days to install the ball on-site, about 500 man hours all up, according to group member Juan Pablo Pinto. “It’s an organic process but requires a lot of forethought and planning to be able to install the work in such a short timeframe.”Members of Cave Urban with their bamboo and steel creation, The Golden Hour . Photo: Peter Rae​Ian Swift, who in 2014 recreated an ocean pool from found metal objects and perspex, is back with Detritus Parasitus, a cascading netted wall of discarde…

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