The event in it's 14th year was expected to attract 220,000 visitors to the beach during the two weeks from the 2nd to the 19th March and had the participation of 76 artists - 28
West Australians, 15 from interstate and 33 International artists including 12 from Japan.
I managed to pop by to visit the sculptures on Thursday 15th after work to avoid the crowds on the closing weekend and I've made a few collages of the ones I found most impressive.
Made by Singapore based Australian artist B.Jane Cowie, "Swirling Around" is a dome shaped stainless steel structure covered with 999 glass fish that reflected the sunlight beautifully.
She was the winner of the People's Choice Award with the prize of $5000.
WA artists Rima Zabaneh (from Jordan, lives in Perth) and Australian Berenice Rarig received the Sculpture by the Sea Exhibiting Artist's Award for their innovative zip tie tree sculpture "Ziptide". They used 50 thousand zip ties and the sculpture stands 3mt high and the width of the arms about 3 to 4mt wide.
One of my favourites, "Waiting in the wings" won the Perth artist Denise Pepper $2000 for the Kid's Choice Award.
Other wonderful and quirky sculptures abounded on the large stretch of sand and on the pier.
"Damien Hirst looking for sharks" by Danger Dave (Portugal) and Christian Ranger (Victoria, Australia) was one of the most popular, a snorkeler looking through his mask half filled with water, made of PVC and nylon. I'm surprised it didn't win an award.
To the left you can see an artist that was painting it on his small canvas.
"Sunny Moon" by Zadok Ben-David, and Israeli artist based in London.
"Furball" by Lucy Barker was made with discarded electrical cable.
It has been chosen to be part of a permanent exhibition at Sculpture Encounters at Granite Island, one of South Australia’s national parks, about 80km south of Adelaide.
"Capsule" by Australian (WA) artist Tony Davis
"In Rainbows" by Australian artist Duncan Stemler.
British artist by Ivan Black with "Disc Vane"
Taiwanese artist Naideh Shangmoh with "Welding iron sculptures"
You can also watch this fantastic short video about this year's exhibition: