On Saturday morning I joined some of my Flickr mates for a trip to the annual Sculpture By The Sea event at Bondi Beach. The public display of 108 sculptures lines the cliff walk between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach, with additional scultptures in the parks along the way. We agreed on a 5am start, in order to see the dawn and get some sunrise photo opportunities.
As it turns out the morning was so overcast, cool and a little rainy that there wasn't much of a dawn to speak of, but the changing light and the cool blue tones of pre-dawn made for a lovely backdrop to the sculptures. One of my favourites was the sculpture above (right) that was covered in frosted glass squares, that tinkled in the stiff dawn sea breeze.
Many of the sculptors took advantage of the sea location, using the strong winds to power kinetic sculptures or to make sound from the breeze.
Other sculptors took the sea theme more literally and made strange and fantastic sea creatures, or strange objects that looked like sea-wrack from another world.
It was a fun morning, we were early enough that the crowds hadn't yet assembled and so were able to take shots of the sculptures uninterrupted. There was pretty much just ourselves, and some of the local residents out walking their dogs or jogging. We rounded out the morning with breakfast at a Bondi cafe, with coffee, eggs and good conversation. Having risen at 4am I was a little tired for the rest of the day, but it was a really fun way to spend the morning and I'm glad I went.