Giddy up! The sculptures are back in town!

I love to see families and friends check out the sculptures as the sun sets over the horizon or make a day of it and enjoy the sculptures under the weekend sun.

The pack and I have the fortune to roam around too, chatting about our favourite pieces, trying to make sense of some of the more artistic ones and working out the time it would’ve taken to create this stuff! This year we’re spoilt for choice, with seventy different pieces coming from 13 countries as well as an incredible 34 pieces coming from west aussie sculptors!  

We’re smack bang in the middle of the exhibition, which means there’s still plenty of time to check out the sculptures. Here’s some that are too good to be missed.

Structural Wave -
Structural Wave by Jarrod Taylor (Image courtesy of Kellie Elliot)

Structural Wave by Jarrod Taylor

Possibly the largest and heaviest sculpture of the lot,Jarrod Taylor’s Structural Wave comes in at eight meters tall and weighs a whopping six tonnes.

Jarrod’s artwork is exactly what it says it is, a structural wave, made from scaffolding. This piece won this year’s prize pool, meaning Jarrod scored him the prestigious Western Australian Sculptor Scholarship of $10,000! (You could buy a lot of scaffolding with that.) 

As a scaffolder and surfer himself, it only makes sense the big man combined the two passions to create the great wave of 2021. Personally, I struggle with both those things, don’t really have the build to carry scaffolding, and getting on a board can be quite a task at times as well! Props to Jarrod, the boy has it made! 

Dream of Cyprus by Savako

It’s hard to miss West Aussie version of Pingo, or as it’s actually called “Dream of Cyprus” by Savako. 

The little yellow hat and the funky green nose and beak combo are cool, what makes it for me is the West Aussie gang sign Cyprus seems to be chuckin’ up to the good people of Cottesloe.What a way to get the folks of WA on side.

Speaking of getting us Sandgropers on side, it might be worth seeing if Savako is looking for some inspiration for next year’s sculpture… The pack reckon “Dream of Dingo” would make a great sequel. Mind you over the years, I reckon I would have been in a fair few dreams, makes sense doesn’t it?

Savako, let me know if you want to have a go at “Dream of Dingo!” – Love your work!

Dream Of Cyprus
Dream of Cyprus by Savako (Image courtesy of Kellie Elliot)
Labyrinth by Andrea Vinkovic
Labyrinth by Andrea Vinkovic (Image courtesy of Kellie Elliot)

Labyrinth by Andrea Vinkovic

Labyrinth, come in!

These little rock formations and carving’s by Andrea Vinkovic display some exquisite fine motor skills that us Dingoes can only wish we possessed. Where most of the sculptures boast sizeable heights, width and weight, AV specialises in the finer things. With what may very well be the smallest exhibit, she has used a collection of different rock design variations, proving ‘small is powerful!’

Well done Andrea.

‘Foci’ by Karl Meyer

Foci by Karl Keyer (a title that Ernie has enjoyed mis-pronouncing all week) is said to focus on the natural process of reflection. Like a clock, the piece reflects the sun’s rays in a nice circular fashion. Us dingos don’t need clocks, the big guy in the sky shines his bright light down to indicate which meal we’re on the hunt for.

While that’s not encouraged down at Cottesloe, (in fact it’s frowned upon) Ernie saw the almost perfect circular mid section too tempting to resist and was caught using it as some sort of jumping hoop. Not to worry though, he was swiftly spoken to by a stern gent who seemed to be wearing his name on his back like he was some sort of ‘big deal.’ Onya Marshall, Covid Marshall. 

'Foci' by Karl Meyer (Image courtesy of Jess Wyld)
‘Foci’ by Karl Meyer (Image courtesy of Jess Wyld)
Floating - Grounded Figure By Greg Johns (The Sea Twitter)
Floating – Grounded Figure By Greg Johns (The Sea Twitter)

Floating – Grounded Figure By Greg Johns

Greg Johns has given us possibly one of my favorite pieces “Floating – Grounded Figure” which I reckon looks like a bloke trying to climb onto two surfboards at the same time, apparently it leaves a lot up to the imagination. The pack seemed to have other ideas with Simon stating “it is clearly meant to symbolise rocks keeping him grounded while his hands appear to almost be wing like.” (Simon – quite a symbolic little guy isn’t he?) 

Meanwhile Ernie unsurprisingly, had a very interesting take on this one, stating something about Easter fast approaching or something to that effect.

Anyway no matter what you get out of this or any of the pieces that are being shown off at Cottesloe over the next couple of weeks, be sure to go down and share my knowledge with a pack of your own!

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