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Welcoming around 200,000 visitors each year, Sculpture by the Sea (Cottesloe and Bondi) is the largest free, sculpture exhibition in the world.

When: March 3-20, 2017
Where: Cottesloe Beach, near Indiana Tea House
Cost: Free
Contact: +61 2 8399 0233, [email protected]

Denise Pepper, Leaden HeartsSculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2017. Photo Ben Reynolds

In its 13th year, the world's largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition is back on our Cottesloe beach front. Sculpture by the Sea never fails to deliver with bigger, and more through provoking pieces every year! Around 200,000 visitors are expected this year to see the spectacular works of local and international artists.  The setting is beautiful and the works amazing so there's no better place to soak up the sun and explore this showcase of pure extraordinaire.

Tony Cragg, LukeSculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2017. Photo Jessica Wyld

The exhibition has completely transformed Cottesloe Beach into something quite magical. Artists bring to life creative, foreign displays and concepts which will have you looking, pondering and looking again. There is something for everyone to enjoy so get the family together, pack a picnic or check out the local eateries and make a day, or evening, of it!

In a coup for the event, Tourism WA has invited 2 celebrated international artists, Sir Tony Cragg RA and Zadok Ben – David to exhibit major works of art.  Their works are imposing, complex and definitley worth a visit

Dan McCabe, Shadows on the HillSculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2017. Photo Eva Fernandez

From crystal balls to car-shaped tents, if you think you've seen it all, think again!

Hayley Bahr / Tim Keevil, CansumerismSculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2017. Photo Richard Watson

WA locals, Hayley Bahr ( recipient of the 2017 Sculpture by the Sea, Rio Tinto emerging artist mentorship) and Tim Keevil have created a simple, yet inspiring, concept. It doesn't get much more Aussie than a giant tin can! Cansumerism is a four-metre giant crushed aluminium can created from recycled aluminium cans. What makes this remarkably peculiar is that it's cleverly disguising a fully-functioning printmaking studio. 

Ben Fasham, Tears of Joy, Photo Richard WatsonBen Fasham, Tears of JoySculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2017. Photo Richard Watson

With the majority of exhibiting artists from WA, do yourself a favour and head down to the beach and support our amazing local talent.

Getting there: It's going to be busy, particularly on the weekends, so parking options will be limited. Avoid the parking hassles and catch the free rail to beach 'Cott Cat' shuttle bus service from Cottesloe Train Station. The Cat runs between the train station and Cottesloe beachfront, just a short walk from the exhibits.

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