I visited the Sculpture by the Sea Festival last week in Sydney. It’s Australia’s largest outdoor sculpture festival with exhibits along the rather magnificent coastal walk from Bronte to Bondi Beach.
It was opening day and the festival is renown for being insanely busy – over 500,000 people visit it over a week or so. Lucky for me it was bucketing down which not only meant I had it almost to myself – it was just super lovely to be walking along and enjoying the rain falling over the sea.
The coastal track is glorious in itself which made me wonder whether the sculptures are even necessary – do we need to augment nature by adding human made objects to it? I’ve never seen sculptures hiking but I’ve still enjoyed various landscapes across Australia.
But then again the sculptures were fantastic and they did have an amazing backdrop which you couldn’t replicate in any gallery.
I had no expectations when I took the bus out there in the rain to check it out – and I was blown away by it – not by the photos I took, but walking in the beautiful rain and being mindful of the experience – without having to worry about crowds. That experience was priceless.