Swell: the final series

Thank you to everyone who liked my shots of the Swell Sculpture Festival in previous posts: series one and series two, I now present the final series of photographs from the festival and I hope that you’ll like them as much as the earlier images.

A familiar sight on surf beaches all around the world, this piece of work attracted alot of attention and it had me wondering how they managed to keep the towels in position overnight.

Bundy loves attending the Swell Sculpture Festival, not only does he get to ride in the car and go for a paddle in the surf, he also gets to pose with the sculptures and assist with providing a sense of scale to the artwork.

This really didn’t look out of place on the beach, the large rock close to the horizon is known as ‘Elephant Rock’ and you can see the high rise landscape of Surfers Paradise in the background.

There is always a nautilus shell featured in the exhibition.

Water tanks are normally pretty plain and boring, you will find one in most Aussie backyards but they certainly don’t look like this and I can’t imagine that it would hold much water anyway.

I’m guessing the motion of waves inspired this sculpture (no I didn’t read the exhibition program), those made by water and by humans.

Like many native species, the tiger and koala are struggling to stay alive in our constantly changing environment. In Australia, Tiger conservation is a highly promoted and supported, however our native Koala which is in danger of disappearing from our region as a result of growth in development and traffic, has only recently been acknowledge as being in danger by our government. It is shameful that the majority of the Australian population take this beautiful creature for granted, its plight has become ‘invisible’.

A daylight shot of the giant mosquito featured in series one, this thing is huge!

Sums up the festival perfectly 🙂

25 thoughts on “Swell: the final series

  1. George Weaver October 4, 2012 / 11:22 am

    I thought the towel covered mounds were people! Great sculptures and superb photos of them! I really enjoyed this photo essay! 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies October 4, 2012 / 12:25 pm

      Thank you George, always nice to get such positive feedback. 🙂

      The towel sculpture is very deceiving from a distance, particularly when that sight is so common on beaches during the less than sunny days.

    • twoblackdoggies October 5, 2012 / 9:46 am

      There are some very talented, creative people in this world 🙂

  2. lesleycarter October 4, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    This is my favorite post of the week! I love the first two photos 🙂

  3. dutchgoesitalian October 4, 2012 / 9:24 pm

    Just like George I thought it was people covered by towels in the first shot. I love it!! And where you written that the sculpture might be inspired by motion waves, I thought of tails of whales…. hahaha….. let’s keep it to a rich imagination 😉 Nice post 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies October 5, 2012 / 9:48 am

      The towel sculpture was very clever, one of my many favourites 🙂 Whale tails, didn’t think of that but now that you mention it…great imagination, love it 🙂

  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 4, 2012 / 11:02 pm

    What wonderful sculptures! I really liked the first one with the “surfers” wrapped in towels and the koala tiger 😀

    • twoblackdoggies October 5, 2012 / 9:51 am

      It is an excellent exhibition, so happy you liked the sculptures. I almost missed seeing the koala tiger sculpture as it was in a different area but very glad I found it, provides food for thought. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  5. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom October 4, 2012 / 11:56 pm

    That mosquito sort of terrifies me, I’m allergic as all get out to those buggers. But, the tiger/koala was really cool.

  6. Doggy's Style October 4, 2012 / 11:59 pm

    My favorite are the towels, great concept.
    Loved all the pics, thanks for sharing.

    • twoblackdoggies October 5, 2012 / 9:54 am

      You’re welcome. The towels were definitely one of the more popular sculptures and who would have thought that something so simple and iconic (almost) would become art. Glad you liked the pics.

  7. megtraveling October 5, 2012 / 10:31 am

    Bundy is a great model and very photogenic too! This is a fantastic exhibition and I especially liked the tiger/koala. (The giant mosquito is a little scary…) Thanks for such beautiful pictures and informative posts!

    • twoblackdoggies October 5, 2012 / 2:57 pm

      Bundy is a poser! He is so easy to take anywhere and he sat there patiently while lots of people passed us by. The exhibition is excellent, hard to believe that it has been going for about 10 years and I believe that there is a similar sculpture festival in Sydney. So happy that you enjoyed the Swell series, the positive feedback has been wonderful 🙂

  8. elisaruland October 5, 2012 / 12:05 pm

    I’ve enjoyed this series. Your pictures, the art and the setting…wonderful!

    • twoblackdoggies October 5, 2012 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you for the lovely compliment, I enjoyed sharing the exhibition and our beautiful region with you 🙂

  9. Fabulous Fur Friends October 6, 2012 / 3:55 pm

    As everyone has said, WOW, great sculptures and really wonderful pics you’ve taken of them – you sure do have a talent. It also showcases our beautiful beaches and blue skies to your international followers. Perhaps some of them might come out next time the exhibition is on!

    • twoblackdoggies October 6, 2012 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 For international visitors it is the perfect time to visit, good weather but not too hot and there is always a variety of events scheduled.

  10. Russel Ray Photos October 8, 2012 / 3:46 am

    All of my pets, except one, have come from shelters. The exception was a stray black cat that adopted me.

    • twoblackdoggies October 8, 2012 / 10:19 am

      That is wonderful to hear. My husband and I have only ever had two dogs and when we got the first one I was not fully aware of the benefits of adopting from a shelter, the second dog was my foster failure and I plan on getting all future pets from a shelter. As children I grew up in the country so most of our pets were farm cats and the occasional stray dog.

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