A bit of culture at the Swell 2013 Sculpture Festival (part 1)

The Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin is an annual event, this year it was held September 13-22 and featured 50 artworks that ranged from inspiring to quirky, in an array of sizes from small enough to sit on a lamp table to artwork so large that children would need more than a couple of sheets to turn them into cubby houses. The festival has become a bit of a pilgrimage for me, introduced to the event by an artistic friend about 8 years ago, I have been back almost every year with camera in hand and I even managed to introduce a few of my friends to the event.

Last year, the hubby and I took our smallest black dog to Currumbin and watched the sunrise over the festival, it was an awesome experience and I managed to get some pretty good photos in the soft morning light. This year we decided to venture down in the afternoon and see the exhibition as the sun set, the place was packed with others like us, cameras and iPhones in hand, generating thousands of images in one evening so I can only imagine how many photos of the sculptures are now on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. As usual, I took a few hundred photos and sorting through them has been a bit of a process because some of the sculptures really captured my attention resulting in photographs from several different viewpoints, as well as photographing them in the changing light.

I hope you enjoy part 1 of my series of photographs from the Swell 2013 Sculpture Festival, stay tuned for more throughout the week.

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8 thoughts on “A bit of culture at the Swell 2013 Sculpture Festival (part 1)

  1. rubytheblacklabrador September 24, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    Great shots – the sydney sculptures by the sea starts in November. Ruby always likes this event!

    • twoblackdoggies September 25, 2013 / 8:29 am

      Thank you, I’ve never been to sculptures by the sea – one to put on the wishlist 🙂 Who says that dogs don’t appreciate art, Bundy loves these events too!

  2. Debra Kolkka September 24, 2013 / 9:53 pm

    I’m glad I got there this year…a great event.

    • twoblackdoggies September 25, 2013 / 8:34 am

      It was a wonderful festival, I’m glad you were able to make it as well – you got some great shots of the artwork.

  3. restlessjo September 25, 2013 / 7:40 am

    These are fantastic, Sam! Specially love that first one of the birds, but your second shot of the surfer lady at an angle is superb too. What fun 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies September 25, 2013 / 8:35 am

      Thanks Jo, I think that the surfer lady was one of my favourites and the position she was placed in helped tremendously. Will upload some more this week and share some of my other favourites.

  4. megtraveling September 27, 2013 / 5:28 am

    This looks like such a marvelous event and the sculptures have a great backdrop – the beach!

    • twoblackdoggies September 27, 2013 / 7:55 am

      It is the perfect spot for a sculpture exhibition, and it makes art accessible and fun for the general public. Hopefully you’ll get to see it for yourself one day 🙂

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