Friday, November 13, 2009

suburb No 11: Bondi

Bondi? Not exactly off the beaten track or undiscovered I know. I had planned to go north, a lot
further north than Australia's most famous beach. So what happened? I took a look at the Sculpture 
by the Sea exhibition that currently snakes around Bondi's coastline and decided I really needed to 
possess it, in a photographic sense. I didn't have the time to do that and a separate 52 Suburbs 
post so I decided to break my own rules and focus on a suburb I know only too well.

But this is not Bondi as glamour scene. This is the Bondi that happens just once a year, when 

thousands descend on the suburb to gawk at sculptured art rather than chiselled bodies.

My take on it? To find a partner from everyday, ordinary Bondi to keep their more highfalutin 

friends company out there on the lonely wind-swept headland...

temporary housing Morgan Shimeld, traced tower

nests Serena Horton, sanctuary

constant movement Phil Price, morpheus

what a whirl Kelly-Ann Lees, heliocidaris tuberculata

these diamonds are not forever Miik Green, yeah...

my, what big eyes you have Tim & Shayn Amber Wetherell, eye sea you

lighten up Nicholas Elias, a symbolic inscription of the imaginary

hanging around Tracy Luff, rising tension III

where are my sunnies? Lucy Humphrey, alchemy

through rose-coloured glasses Nicholas Elias, a symbolic inscription of the imaginary

you star Greg Johns, pattern III

hold on to your hats 1 Alejandro Propato, arte de las playas

i can see the sea Michael Snape, the sea

i got my new shoes on BAM, step by step

seems like it's Jessica Watson's (the girl sailing around the world) Giuliana De Felice, signs of 2009

running for your life Barbara Lich, chaos and order

one step at a time Angela Femia & Julie Card, going up?

hold on to your hats 2 Alejandro Propato, arte de las playas

can I come and play with you? Suzie Bleach & Andy Townsend, subterfuge

shoe fetish BAM, step by step

hold on to your hats 3 Alejandro Propato, arte de las playas

V is for Vespa Frank Malerba, scooter girls

don't sit on it! Philip Spelman, between the lines

lovely curves Glazar + James, eye see you

And a few non-sculpture pairings to round it out a little...

it's not that black and white

aqua world

flower power

must be love

Bondi has its less than beautiful side but its cliffs and their current visitors - of the sculpture variety - 
are pretty special. If you've been to the exhibition I wonder what your favourites were - mine was the 
yellow bendy thing (morpheus). For those who haven't been you've got until this Sunday. 

Next week
52 Suburbs will be out of town so I'm afraid there will be no suburb. It feels strange, 

like I'm abandoning my post (literally) and letting you down. But I'm sure you'll cope and I promise 
to play catch up another week or it'll be a sad 51 Suburbs situation.

I'll also have more news about the
Corner Shop by then. Have a great week and I'll see you in two 

Fridays time.


  1. Bloody amazing yet again, and right next to me :)

  2. Great images as usual - thanks very much for this! The first image has made me quite homesick!

  3. Stunning and clever as always. Thanks for brightening my day!

  4. What a wonderful idea and a beautiful, beautiful blog.

  5. Lovely pics! A good friend of mine lives in Sydney and has always told me that she wished she could take me to Bondi Beach. I'm glad that I found your blog!

  6. Hi Jenny
    So glad you found it too! Hope you can stick around for the duration.

  7. What a great set of pictures. I am loving your blog.

  8. Lovely post .. well put together. I visit Bondi @ least once per year .. the once being for the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition. Will be there for this year 2012. Love the beach .. \:D/