Friday, November 13, 2009
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
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