Hey Sydneysiders! This is your last chance to see the wonderfully serene, Sydney Buddha. Zhang Huan’s 5 metre tall, 20 tonne installation is at Carriageworks for a few more days, the exhibition closes this Sunday, March 22nd. Installed in January as part of the Sydney Festival, I had hoped to return and photograph the giant incense sculpture and it’s aluminium cast in the evening, when the shadows would be less harsh and also to see how the delicate ash figure had degraded over time but once again the days have gotten away from me.
“The piece conveys the collective memory, soul, thoughts and prayers, and collapse of mankind. It implies a collective ineffectiveness, arising from taking action when none should be taken, upsetting the natural order of things. As time passes, and humidity in the air changes, the ash crumbles to the ground naturally, I believe that in the moment that the Buddha collapses, innumerable groups of souls will be flying back to the east.” Zhang Huan
If you haven’t seen the Sydney Buddha yet it really is worth a look and better yet, entry is free!
Attention Sydneysiders! You only have a few days left to experience Exxopolis, the giant inflatable sculpture that has been occupying the Sydney Opera House forecourt for the last few weeks. The Architects of Air have created another fantasy world of light and wonder that you can explore. Having seen one of their luminariums a couple of years ago, I knew it would be worth another visit. So if you haven’t seen Exxopolis yet January 27th is the last day, don’t miss out! And if you want to save a few bucks, book your tickets the day before.
I finally managed to get down to Sculpture by the Sea on the weekend. Ever since I moved to Sydney I have been meaning to check it out but I kept leaving it until the last minute and then for some reason I would never get there. I saw the sculpture park in Western Australia a couple of times, so I am happy I finally got to do the coastal walk on the opposite side of Australia! The walk between Bondi and Tamarama is pretty breathtaking already, the sculptures literally add another dimension. Sculpture by the Sea is on again in March 2013 at Cottesloe Beach in WA and also in June 2013 at Aarhus in Denmark.
Rachel Couper & Ivana Kuzmanovska – mirador
Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir (IS) – trace – sphere – gate
Cave Urban – mengenang (memory)
Jock Clutterbuck – waterlily 2009
Dave Mercer – view tm
Paul Kaptein – and in the endless pauses, there came a sound
Kate Stehr – the drogue
Gillie & Marc Schattner – the travellers have arrived
Alex Richie – kaleidoscope cube
Right: Ruth Downes & Geoff Webster – casting around
Karin van der Molen – surprise
Kristin McIver – view piece
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