Down to the Sea in Ships


We noticed this statue of a sailor at Elizabeth Quay in Perth. It is by Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith and will eventually be part of the Australian Sailor Monument in Fremantle, honouring all the men and women who have played a role in Australia’s maritime history.

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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.

Sun, Sand and Sculpture

A few days back we went to Bathers Beach in Fremantle to see the biennial Sculpture at Bathers exhibition. Many of the sculptures are right on the sand, near the water. We liked the slightly enigmatic “Fremantle Doctor” (above) by Russell Sheridan, and “Port and Starboard” by Tony Jones.

“Spitfire” by Michael O’Doherty was amusingly mounted on a pole from an old Hills Hoist and placed out in the water.

And “Generator” by Tom de Munk-Kerkmeer shone colourfully in the late afternoon sunshine.