The Medium is the Message

Today is the last day of Sculpture by the Sea at Perth’s Cottesloe Beach. Here are two more artworks that we liked, both with an environmental focus.

The giant soft drink can above is “Cansumerism” by Hayley Bahr and Tim Keevil, and the sculpture below is “Plastic Paradise” by Kathy Allam – it’s made out of plastic soft drink bottles.

The Hole Truth

Here are some more artworks from Sculpture by the Sea at Perth’s Cottesloe Beach, all with ocean views through holes. The sculpture above is “Oushi Zokei” by Keizo Ushio (spot the amusing anagram). The one below is “The Window of the Future” by Sang-Sug Kim.

And this one is “Pause” by April Pine.

As you might guess from the shadow, the person in the sculpture above is a surfer. He looks quite different from the side.

Painted Sunset

There is always something satisfying about watching the sun set “into” the ocean. A few days back we were walking along City Beach in Perth at sunset, and liked the changing light and colour as the sun sank into the Indian Ocean.

The top photo was taken 10 minutes before sunset, the one above as the sun just touched the horizon, and the one below 10 minutes after sunset.

Bold Animals

As well as the flowers that we featured yesterday, we have seen plenty of interesting animals in Bold Park recently. There are quite a few colourful Rainbow Bee-eaters (above) and some well camouflaged Tawny Frogmouths.

There are also some impressive spiders, including Golden Orb Weavers with the “packaging” from previous meals hanging in their web.

And this colourful spider that looks like the West Australian version of the St Andrew’s Cross Spider that lives on the east coast. It’s called a Banded Garden Spider or Banded Argiope.

Bold Flowers

Spring is the peak wildflower season in Perth, it there are still some striking flowers in autumn. In Bold Park at present there are small wildflowers in the undergrowth, but the biggest and “boldest” are the Banksias. Acorn Banksia (above) is in full flower, and the Firewood Banksia (below) is just coming into its flowering season.

Slender Banksia (below) has finished its main season, but there are still a few late flowers hanging around.