Pretty flamingo

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d435227

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins and artist Nor­ton Flavel on Cottes­loe Beach.

Sea Anemone by Re­becca Rose.

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