Sculpting the beach

LIKE the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, if you go down to Bathers Beach over the next two weeks you’re sure to get a big surprise.

Because gathered there for certain are the works of more than 85 WA sculptors.

Some are dainty and draped across rocks or sand dunes, others are the size of a small house and stand proudly on the beach or on the grassed area.

Sculptures on display include Susan Flavell’s The Shimmer, a massive dog or wolf-like creature with a snake for a tail.

• Sculpture at Bathers opens this weekend and it’s a ripper, with the beach packed with a dazzling and thought-provoking array of works such as South Lake’s Melani Maclou, pictured with her Lakshmi’s Lotus. 

• Sculpture at Bathers opens this weekend and it’s a ripper, with the beach packed with a dazzling and thought-provoking array of works such as South Lake’s Melani Maclou, pictured with her Lakshmi’s Lotus.

There are two of them, thanks to a local philanthropist who had the original cardboard figure fashioned into two bronzes sculptures, one a shimmery gold, the other black.

One is on display outside the Esplanade Hotel, with more works inside, and the other is at the beach.

Take the path to the Round House tunnel and each turn reveals a surprise, including a giant ram called Rambo.

Created by Freo sculptor Greg James, it’s complete in every detail as it proudly surveys its domain.

• Workers were out adding the finishing touches to this weekend’s Scultpure at Bathers

• Workers were out adding the finishing touches to this weekend’s Scultpure at Bathers

And keep an eye out for Bellinda Panizza’s green-grass elephant, a statement of liberation from human oppression.

Turn another corner to discover South Lake artist Melani Maclou’s Lakshmi’s Lotus, a three- metre wide steel work that looks as dainty as the real flower.

“It was inspired by a trip to India,” she says.

Purple and pink on the top, the underside is blue, and like a number of exhibits, it lights up at night.

A dedicated committee of 16 volunteers is behind the success of the beach exhibition, which was spearheaded by renowned sculptor Tony Jones back in 2013.

Get down to the beach, day or night, and check it out. You have until March 12.

by JENNY D’ANGER

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