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Rangerer, a cyborg-like mosquito robot influenced by online games, by Xia Hang of China, is one of the international artworks in the Sculpture by the Sea 2017 exhibition staged along the Bondi Beach to Tamara Beach walking trail. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
The 2017 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition drew 104 exhibiting artists, including 40 overseas artists from 15 countries.
Entries vied for the $60,000 Aqualand Sculpture Award, the richest sculpture prize in Australia, which was won by David Ball with his entry Orb. There were a host of other prizes and scholarships, including three Helen Lempriere Scholarships of $30,000 each.
The free exhibition, which was held from 19 October to 5 November, saw artworks placed both in a temporary sculpture park at Bondi's Moore Park and at visually dramatic vantage points along the 2km coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach.
The three-week event is the world's largest sculpture exhibition held outdoors and draws more than 500,000 visitors to Sydney for the event.
Below is a selection of some of the sculptures appearing in the 2017 exhibition.
Swirling Surround, a glass and metal work by Jane Cowie, who operates between Australia and Singapore. The sculpture features multi-coloured glass fish "swimming at the same speed, in the same direction ... moving as a whole". Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Lookout for me by Linton Meagher of NSW. Sculpture of wood, metal, acrylic wool and cotton. The flags were sewed by volunteers from retirement homes across Sydney, invoking a notion of looking out for others. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Mr A is a tribute by Japanese sculptor Zero Higashida to the great American playwright Edward Albee, who died in September 2016. The sculpture imagines the life of Albee and his journey as an angel going to heaven. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Ocean Lace, by Britt Mikkelsen of Western Australia. Sculpture in acrylic, polyurethane resin and steel. When magnified many, many times "a grain of sand hides an unimaginable fragility". Picture: Patsy Hughes © Sydney.com.au
Divergent by Johannes Pannekoek of Western Australia, corten steel. "There is no limit to the number of different paths we can take. It makes for a challanging but interesting life;s journey. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Autumn Moon in the Sky by Chen Wenling of China, stainless steel. The work indicates harmony between heaven and human. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Foci by Karl Meyer of South Australia, stainless steel and 2pac paint. "This artwork is indicative of natural processes, a reflection of form and sequencing throughout nature that directly connects to scale within the natural world."Picture: Patsy Hughes © Sydney.com.au
Paraphrase on the Tin Drum by Keld Moseholm of Denmark. Braonze and granite. "To seek the protection of the past from fear of present reality and times to come." Picture: Patsy Hughes © Sydney.com.au
Statis III, by Aliesha Mafrici, Western Australia. Materials used :aluminium. "A conversation between two forces that represent the astructures of our conscious mind and the beauty in its inability to achitecturally support its finding regarding its own existence." Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Tenants, by Barbara Licha, NSW. Stainless steel. Statement: "Encourages viewers to reflect on humans belonging to inhabited places but also to each other.There is an interaction between figures and lines that overlap. Picture: © Sydney.com.au
Sun Light (No.3) by Cui Yi, China. Stone, reinforcing bar. Statement: "According to the shape of the stone, I made the surrounding structure. The two share a common conflict which becomes stronger in the pure nature of the sea." Picture: © Sydney.com.au