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Crowd favourite back for Sculpture by the Sea

06 Mar 2012
Paul Caporn (WA), dump (2011), EVA foam mats, hi-density styrene, sand, 300h x 240w x 420d cm, SxS Cottesloe 2012. Photo Jacqueline White

Cottesloe Beach has again been transformed into a giant sculpture park as Sculpture by the Sea opens for its eighth consecutive year.

Premier Colin Barnett said the event was one of the highlights on the State’s diverse events calendar and was continuing to grow in popularity. 

“Last year, Sculpture by the Sea attracted its biggest crowd ever - an estimated 215,000 people. That’s 75,000 more people than in 2010,” Mr Barnett said.

“This year’s exhibition is sure to wow audiences again as we welcome back China’s Chen Wenling whose piece, Red Memory Smile, captured the hearts and imaginations of last year’s audience.”

The Premier said the 2012 event had attracted 32 local, 22 interstate and 22 international artists from China, Japan, the USA, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Italy.

“The State Government, through Eventscorp, is proud to be supporting this popular, free event, which gives local sculptors the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside some renowned international artists.”

Mr Barnett encouraged anyone planning on visiting Sculpture by the Sea to take advantage of the free ‘Cott Cat’ shuttle bus service which operated from Cottesloe train station.

“Traffic gets very busy along Marine Parade during the event and parking is at a premium,” he said.

The Premier visited the exhibition last night ahead of its official opening today. 

Fact File

  • Event runs from March 1 to 19, 2012
  • Free Cott Cat service provided by Town of Cottesloe with support from the Public Transport Authority
  • More information at Back