On a balmy afternoon this week, two more sculpture were unveiled to permanently adorn the waterfront at Batemans Bay.
The result of the Sculpture for Clyde (formerly Sculpture on Clyde) annual event, the works have been added to two sculptures installed last year.
First off ‘Dance’, a striking red metal sculpture by Haruyuki Uchida was revealed. Dance was acquired as the 2018 winning entry of Sculpture on Clyde.
The next show stopper was John Fitzmaurice’s work ‘Portal’, which sits opposite the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, by the water’s edge.
The new works are on either side of ‘Bouyansea’ (octopus) by Jesse Graham, which was installed in 2017.
In late 2018 the very popular ‘Pelicant’ sculpture, also by Jesse Graham, was installed on the rock wall of the Batemans Bay Marina.
The works have been installed on the rocky points of Clyde River so they line up for the viewer looking east or west – adding to the spectacle and presence of the public artworks.
The acquisition of three sculptures for Batemans Bay was made possible by ‘Sculpture for Clyde’ and the generosity of the local community; ‘Pelicant’, and ‘Portal’ were both funded by a crowdfunding campaign following last year’s event.
The permanent and growing sculpture walk is the real driver behind the Sculpture for Clyde event.
“We are thrilled to be helping create a legacy for locals and visitors to Batemans Bay, with an outdoor art gallery open every day and night of the year,” a spokesperson said.
The Batemans Bay Tourism and Business Chamber, in partnership with Willinga Park, present Sculpture for Clyde – a nine-day art festival celebrating imagination in 3D.
The festival is open to professional, emerging and novice artists with prize money in excess of $60,000. Artist applications for the 2019 event are open now but close on May 31.
The inaugural event in 2017 took place along the beautiful Batemans Bay foreshore, and it far exceeded all expectations. In 2018, the outdoor sculptures were displayed at Willinga Park at Bawley Point, with the added bonus of the impressive permanent sculpture collection at the site.
Now in its third year, the event is expected to be bigger and better in 2019. The outdoor sculptures will again be displayed at the Willinga Park horse facility. The indoor sculpture exhibition will again be staged in the Francis Guy heritage building, on Clyde Street, Batemans Bay.
Sculpture for Clyde runs August 24 to September 1.