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Sculpture By The Sea: C-

In this year’s incarnation another bunch of artists shoot a load of their creative juices over the Bondi to Tamarama coastline… in more ways than one. I may have zero education or training in art appreciation, but I won some stickers at a Dr Sketchy event once, so my opinion carries some weight: most of the pieces seem less like art, and more like illegal dumping of junk from the artist’s garage. Thankfully all the ‘pieces’-cum-middens have little cards with numbers to point out that what you are looking at is indeed art. I was sorely tempted to move one of the cards and place it next to a workout station, which to be frank, was more aesthetically pleasing. And let’s be honest, if you or I put music playing motion sensors on our property, the council would tear it down in a matter of days.

Still, some of the pieces do add a certain whimsy, and others a sense of humour. But the majority seem to be making up the numbers. Thankfully the view of the ocean is always there if you need something inspiring to look at. And if you go at dusk, you might get a guy playing classical guitar on the clifftop next to the big head.

At the end of the day, it’s a good excuse to go and enjoy one of the best strolls in the world, and will no doubt spark discussion, but it would be nice if future editions didn’t have so many (land) filler pieces.

Sculpture by the Sea litters the Bondi coastal walk until Nov 14. Or you can stay at home and view it via the flickr group.

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Sydney Design Festival: Last Chance

The Sydney Design Festival wraps up on the 15th so this weekend is your last chance to get out and make the most of it. Here’s a choice selection of what’s still on…

Tours
The Australian Architecture Association are conducting walks covering Sydney’s city architecture and architectural history. Both are on this Saturday to coincide with the festival, but they are held throughout the year ($30).
Urbanwalkabouttours have a design lovers tour of Surry Hills offering insights and discounts at various boutiques (Sat 14th, $75).
And of course you can still join in with the Small Stories Big Picture self-guided photography tour of Surry Hills on Saturday (free).

Dinner. On a bike.
Ride On Dinner hosted by Object Gallery is the cycling-est event left on the programme, and it sounds like a blast. Bring along a bike, join your fellow travellers/diners in a ride around town and have dinner served to you by the ride on dinner folks who have been running similar events with great success in Melbourne. (Sat 14th, $20)

Ongoing
I’ve got a soft spot for Usyd’s Tin Sheds Gallery – in my distant youth I spent some work experience time with the university’s art collection and way back then they were already talking about knocking it down. Amazingly, the gallery is still there, despite the developmental metamorphosis (ooh, see what I did there?) undergone by the University. On top of that, a show based on Architecture students responding to Ovid’s tales appeals to both the classics-geek and design-buff in me. (until Aug 28, free)

If you haven’t been able to find the time during the festival, or prefer to do things with earphones in rather than talking to people, the Audio Design Museum has a collection of audio-tours that you can download and use to guide yourself around town… or it will, from the 18th. (any time, free)

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