Aussie Culture by the Sea

Last weekend we took the girls to see the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi.  It is an annual exhibition showcasing extraordinary sculptors and their creations along the coast walk between Bondi and Tamarama beaches in Sydney’s east.  Being from glorious Manly, I can’t see the appeal of Bondi, but at least once a year, we cross the bridge to the south to visit, and yes, it was well worth it.

The girls weren’t initially keen but when we arrived and they saw the first piece, they were into it, seeking out the next one, and discussing what it reminded them of.  The crowds were as expected, and we moved with all the other ants along the path.  I managed to capture a sense of the fabulous and exotic, despite the crowds, and sometimes they added to it.  Here are some of our favourites.

Viewing the viewers viewing the view.A little bit of Aussie, and a blow up cat.And great recycling of cutlery.Beautiful creations hidden in the landscape.And some you couldn’t miss.  Would love this in my house!We took a break near the sign that needed a lot of explaining, and found a creation that was Bianca’s favourite – although not part of the official exhibition.I loved this honeycomb sphere which begged to be experienced from all different angles.There was a beautiful tribute to the victims of the Bali bombings with bamboo that moved in the wind, making an eerie, yet comforting and gentle sound.There were some really silly sculptures, like the jellybean worms hidden all over the rock shelf (one of the girls faves), and the “hard to explain” to the kids animal, people, riding statue.And then there were the beautiful, crazy, vivid, rainbow colours that were so hard to resist.And the simplicity and lines of these huge creations.  More favourites.So beautiful, so spectacular, so crazy and so serene.A perfect day that kept us all entertained.  If you haven’t been, go, and if you aren’t in Sydney, come!  We all need a little bit of creativity, beauty and madness in our lives.

Final shot of the girls tuckered out after our adventure.

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52 Portraits Project – 17/52

Welcome to week seventeen of my 52 Portraits Project.  If you have missed the earlier weeks start at week 1 here, which includes more information about the project.

17/52. Art. A little bit of culture at Sculpture By the Sea in Bondi. You both loved it. Walking down the path, spotting the next amazing creation, sometimes almost hidden in the landscape and becoming part of it. You would talk about what it reminded you of, and you would touch it, feel it, enjoy it and marvel at it. It reminded me of all the galleries my mum used to drag us to as a kid, and how grateful I am now for all of that. Your Gran was an artist, a creator, a fine art university graduate and art teacher. My wish is that you love and value art, as much as you do the other things life throws at you.

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52 Portraits Project – 16/52

Welcome to week sixteen of my 52 Portraits Project.  If you have missed the earlier weeks start at week 1 here, which includes more information about the project.

16/52. Believe. You and your sister are quite pragmatic little things. Always asking questions and looking for evidence. Perhaps that is the result of a dad who is a scientist and analyst, and a mum who perpetuated the embellishment of truth in the Advertising industry. Despite this you are happy to make up games and suspend disbelief for your own enjoyment, and build fairy houses in the garden. You have the freedom and sense to choose what you want to believe, and find your own truth.

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52 Portraits Project – 15/52

I am finally caught up!  Welcome to week fifteen of my 52 Portraits Project.  If you have missed the earlier weeks start at week 1 here, which includes more information about the project.

15/52. BFF. These two are 4 and 5 years old. they get on so well, and luckily they are neighbours so they can see each other all the time, and virtually live at each others houses. They have so much in common. Both are princesses, love to experiment with makeup and act out very detailed mummy and baby games. But mostly they both “have a passion for fashion”. That’s when good neighbours become good friends!

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52 Portraits Project – 14/52

Welcome to week fourteen of my 52 Portraits Project.  If you have missed the earlier weeks start at week 1 here, which includes more information about the project.

14/52. Learning. Taking a break at the Australian Museum and you both wanted to learn more. You love to listen to daddy reading to you, especially if there is something to learn. May you never lose that love of experiencing something new.  We will teach you what we know and point you in the direction to find your own answers.

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Bushwalking Magic

We love to bushwalk and we love our neighbours so we combined the two.  A beautiful afternoon, well-behaved girlies, a magical location and a fair bit of posing! We are so lucky to have such fabulous neighbours.  All 4 girls (4, 5, 7 and 8) get on so well.  And the mum’s too.  That’s when good neighbours become good friends.We took a new path and we arrived at the water for a snack, some rock throwing, clay ball making and conversation.The girls discovered a magical fairy world hidden in the reeds.We even met some “singlets”.The two older ones are nature loving, science experiment hypothesizing, mini-beast carers, and deep in conversation about how to prove you are a mermaid.The younger two are princess loving, makeup experimenters, mum & baby players and both “have a passion for fashion”.BFF – let’s just hope no one moves house!A magical day.

 

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52 Portraits Project – 13/52

Welcome to week thirteen of my 52 Portraits Project.  If you have missed the earlier weeks start at week 1 here, which includes more information about the project.

13/52.Carefree.  You are a thinker, my sweet girl. Life is a complex place, I know the feeling. But not always. I love those moments when you smile and just be, in the moment, carefree.

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