Outdoor art at its best. Sydney Harbour’s foreshore areas around Woolwich Dock and Clarkes Point feature dramatic sculptures from prominent and emerging artists. The 112 entries in this year’s exhibition showcase intriguingly different styles, many making environmental statements, using recycled and sustainable materials. Clarkes Point Reserve – a backdrop of bushland with a harbour view – has a history of environmental activism. Winter weather is often quite settled this time of year – lashing gales and rain are rare. It’s an ideal outing in the winter sunshine.
The annual Sydney HarbourSculpture runs July 30-August 9. The works are displayed inside The Deckhouse reception venue and throughout Clarke’s Point, which has unobstructed views all the way to the Harbour Bridge. There’s almost as much to look at on the harbour as there is on the beautiful reserve. Billowing yachts glide by and ferries chug past. The sweeping shape of the bridge and central city skyline make an impressive sight. The surrounding area of Hunters Hill is highlighted by its preserved colonial architecture on hilly, tree-lined streets with water views and million-dollar boats bobbing in the water. Award-winning Woolwich Pier Hotel is up the hill from the exhibition. Top notch food all year round.
HarbourSculpture is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers to promote creative arts in NSW and contemporary Australian artists. The $30,000 outdoor sculpture “Please Don’t Feed The Birds” was among several award winners. It depicts a typical beach scene where a beachgoer is surrounded by squawking seagulls.
She made her sculpture from used orange netting bags woven onto cane frames. They are trembling vigorously in the breeze when we stop to admire, and she is securing them more firmly to the ground so they won’t be sent tumbling up the harbour.
Other standouts include:
- Abbott-Proof Fence: A play on words from the book and movie Rabbit Proof Fence, illuminating the government’s daft dumping of solar power schemes
- Shark in the form of a metallic, skeletal cage, using recycled metal
- Massive, shiny metallic sea shell (top image) uses recycled materials
- A literally bronzed pair of surfers with dog and rabbit features
- Slender contemporary nude in deep stone greens and blues
- An “ancient marble statue” in modern bondage, looking very recycled herself!
The exhibition runs until Sunday. Some artworks are for sale.
Travel Tips for HarbourSculpture
Drive: to Clarke Road, Woolwich NSW
Public Transport: Catch the 505 Bus Sydney Buses
Ride the Parramatta Rivercat
www.131500.com.au for timetables
Woolwich Pier Hotel:
2 Gale Street,
02 9817 2204