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Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk

Posted: October 16, 2008 / Essays

By Stephen Bradley Curator, The Transfield Art Collection. In 1985 the historic Piers and Shore Buildings at Walsh Bay were saved from demolition by the Premier and Minister for the Arts, Neville Wran. He reserved Pier 4/5 for the arts and particularly the Sydney Theatre Company. Over the following twenty years Piers 4/5 and 2/3,…


Indiana Tea Rooms

Posted: March 6, 2008 / Essays

Ruth Marchant James Author of Cottesloe: A Town of Distinction From the turn of the century until the late 1920s a cluster of temporary beachside stalls and bathing structures were a prominent part of the Cottesloe beach scene. In 1905 and 1907 the construction of two seaside hotels and, in 1908, the completion of a…


2007 year of the surf lifesaver

Posted: November 1, 2007 / Essays

By Ed Jaggard, Author of Between the Flags It is a truism that Australia is an island continent, surrounded by seas and oceans washing up on some of the world’s finest beaches. For more than a century many Australians and ever increasing numbers of tourists have enjoyed these summer playgrounds, knowing that their safety is…


Icarus and Sculpture by the Sea

Posted: November 2, 2006 / Essays

By David Handley Icarus flew well and his fearlessness grew. He began to think he was quite good at flying. What was this business about charting a middle path, avoiding getting too close to the sun or the sea? Why settle for mediocrity when he, Icarus, could soar? * Ten years of Sculpture by the…


First Landing at Cottesloe?

Posted: March 9, 2006 / Essays

By Carolyn Ryder, Town of Cottesloe The discovery of our glorious sandy coastline was prompted by a ship that vanished, the fate of which reuncillmains to this day a mystery consigned to the ocean s murky depths. In May 1696, three ships sailed from the Netherlands bound for Western Australia (then known alternately as Terra…


Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club

Posted: November 3, 2005 / Essays

By Bill Shires, President Tamarama is well known for its unique beauty and cosy atmosphere nestled quietly between Bondi and Bronte Beach, avoiding much of the traffic and the tourists that flock to the Sydney beaches each Summer. Tamarama attracts its own eclectic bunch of locals and tourists, which give it a wonderful ambience and…


Cottesloe 2005 Catalogue Essay

Posted: March 17, 2005 / Essays

By John Stringer, January 2005 Sculpture is an exciting, pro-active and engaging medium, unique in its ability to transcend the protective indoor spaces usually required by the fine arts. Unlike painting, drawing or photography, sculpture belongs in the challenging realm of three-dimensional space and live action where it can interact directly either with nature or…


Sculpture and other health hazards

Posted: October 28, 2004 / Essays

By Ron Robertson-Swann OAM Sculpture is alive and well and sculptors are making ambitious and wonderful works. But there are contemporary viruses going around that can make certain sculptures look a bit unwell, and can effect the viewers’ judgement about sculpture. One virus takes the form of topics for discussion on sculpture:- • “Breaking down…


By the sea: A history of human engagement

Posted: October 31, 2002 / Essays

By Dr Paul S.C. Taçon  Head of the People and Place Research Centre, Australian Museum It was by the sea that they did it. Along the edges of great oceans, on the beach and in the water, human ancestors travelled on a quest to explore and conquer the world. By the water they met, shared…