LARGE and colourful were winners at the 11th annual Sculpture by the Sea before it closed at Cottesloe Beach yesterday The People’s Choice Prize went to 17 bright red flamingos MiNo5 by Chinese artist Wendi Zheng that frolicked along the sand during the 18-day event. With a backdrop of white sand and blue sky, the giant pink rabbit The Stormie Mills Project won the Kids’ Choice Prize. Cottesloe Council bought the silver Ball and Chain and the bright orange Sea Anemone for its growing collection for public display on green verges and parks around the Town.
PLAYFUL, colourful and robust sculptures won the hearts of children and adults, and opened up Cottesloe Council’s wallet for two purchases when the 11th annual Sculpture by the Sea closed at Cottesloe Beach yesterday.
“Certainly this year feels as if we have had more visitors to Cottesloe than any year before,” Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said.
During the 18-day exhibition, children played on the large, orange Sea Anemone by New Zealander Rebecca Rose, while adults were seen staring into the large silver ball that was part of WA sculptor Norton Flavell’s Lucky Country.
It is proposed Sea Anemone, with soft matting, is installed at the Jarrad Street entrance to the Sea View Golf Club, while LuckyCountry is intended for the route between the Cottesloe town centre and the beach.
“We chose them because of their robustness, which is always a key issue when they are going to be put in the public arena,” Mrs Dawkins said.
Flavell, whose silver Bulk Carrier exhibit was nicknamed ‘ Goon Bag’ last year, said Ball and Chain had to be large because the beach’s size could make smaller entries disappear.
Large also worked for Dianella artist Stormie Mills, whose giant pink rabbit TheStormieMillsProject was a hit with the kids, before they chose it for their Kids’ Choice Prize.
“It’s always great to have a device intervening with people’s days, and makes them smile,” Mills said about his big bunny.
The $2500 People’s Choice Prize went to the flock of 17 red flamingos mi no 5 by Chinese artist Wendi Zhang that sat along the water’s edge at the 69-sculpture event.
Founding director David Handley said the exhibition would return next year after its Bondi Beach and Danish legs. The sale of 19 sculptures had made a “significant contribution” to the event’s costs this year, he said.
But it was not known whether a $1.4 million sales target would result in breaking even, after moving sculptures for Cyclone Olwyn and resulting beach erosion had increased costs.
Mr Handley said talks would be organised with a “substantial’ WA organisation and potential major sponsor, which he would not name, after iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart withdrew her backing from last year.
“I hope to get to the point where, like the Sydney show, artists don’t pay for things like moving their exhibits,” Mr Handley said.
Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins and artist Norton Flavel on Cottesloe Beach.
Sea Anemone by Rebecca Rose.