stephmodo: Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea

• 25 April 2012

I am completely mesmerized by master's student Nicolas Elias' "Sculpture by the Sea" project in Sydney, Australia.  In fact, I am having difficulty tearing myself away from his flickr stream--the colors, the shapes, the angles and that turquoise water are killer combination.  Oh how I miss the days of college when I had the chance to study this sort of thing all the time (art history major back in the day).  Although I will never tire of a beautiful painting, there is something about a well-crafted installation, such as this one, that moves me in a way that no other medium can.  If only it still stood...

Also brilliant is the manner in which the sculpture is presented to the public.  Even those who are not intentionally seeking out an artistic experience (like, say, museum goers), can experience the sheer delight of standing in the colorful shadows of this piece.  In my opinion, this is precisely how we create opportunities for individuals to grow to appreciate original art and to jumpstart their own creativity within.  

Have you seen anything fantastic lately in the art world?  I'd love to hear about it if you have!

images via Nicolas Elias


  1. I was interested to know that you graduated from college art history ... is displayed on your work. thank you

  2. 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I live in Sydney and get to go to this every year. I totally agree with you in that it takes art outside the museums and opens it up for all. Its presented along a few beaches and so the idea is that you walk from beach to beach along one of Sydney's most gorgeous walks, viewing sculpture as you go. One of my favourite things to do! love your posts Stephanie!

  3. Leanne, you are so very lucky!

    Thanks to the few of you who left comments! I was so moved by this piece--love it.

  4. holy fuh-reak that is awesome. wow. wow.

  5. the Hirschhorn museum in DC is loaded with stunning exhibits right now. The liquid architecture/installation by Doug Aitken is wonderful. I just went to the Suprasensorial exhibit and LOVED it. My kids loved the section of blue dangling plastic noodles that we could walk through and get tangled in. The Ai Weiwei Zodiac sculptures were impressive as well.

  6. i love this so much. so simple and beautiful.

  7. Jessica, I love the Hirschhorn. It became a fast favorite of mine when I live in DC in college for a semester. I love the lines of that particular museum--a true DC gem!

  8. The Bondi to Tamarama walk is spectacular and the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition is a Sydney spring favourite!


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