Every year at the end of spring, there’s a council sponsored exhibition of sculptures by local artists displayed along our beach front walk between Bondi and Tamarama Beaches. In 2012 I went on a week day to avoid the huge crowds that follow the routes on the weekend. Some of the best works this year were humorous ones, like the female skeleton doing a tightrope walk on a high post that ran out towards infinity in the sky entitled No Return by sculptor Ken Unsworth. Everyone is entranced by images of death, which begins for children it is said, at seven years of age.
Another humorous one was a comment on current stock market fluctuations with two huge beasts in rusted metal, a bear and a bull, facing off against each other with the name tag: “capital tension” by Joanna Rhodes.
As I continued on the walk around the clifftops, the sculptures were positioned on the rocks overlooking the ocean below, as if trying to compete with the beauty of nature.
Sometimes the spectators added to the spectacle as they interacted with the sculptures in their different ways.
Paul Atroshenko is an artist, a long-time friend of mine, and a resident of these eastern beach suburbs. His website is at http://www.atroshenko.com/