Sculpture by the Sea

Aarhus, Denmark

Next year, “Sculpture by the Sea” in Australia will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The brainchild of David Handley, “Sculpture by the Sea” was conceived as a free exhibition, arranged along a spectacular stretch of coastline at Bondi Beach and designed to attract both a popular audience and art professionals. The Sydney show now draws about half a million visitors annually and generates about $1 million in sales, making it one of Australia’s most significant art events. In 2005, the concept spread to the opposite side of the continent, to scenic Cottesloe Beach in Perth in Western Australia, with its spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. The show again became a runaway success and an annual fixture in the arts calendar. The story of the third “Sculpture by the Sea,” at Aarhus, reads like a Danish fairy tale. Crown Prince Fred­erik met and married an Australian lass, Mary; back in Denmark, he spoke enthusiastically about the great outdoor sculpture event in Sydney. …see the entire review in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.