Sculptures By The Sea Light Painting

Sculptures by the Sea 2017 -

This years sculptures by the sea I took a different approach, unlike catching the sculptures in harsh day light or the much preferred Golden or Blue hours of a sunrise or sunset. Unfortunately I didn't get myself up that early for a Sunrise which is a bit of a disappointment in it self. Instead I decided to focus on something a little different and creative which was Light Painting. Sometimes the image thats created while you might have a idea behind it before you start it may not end like that and you sometimes think of things as you paint the scene in.

Light Painting - How to shoot sculptures by the sea

You will need the following:


# A very sturdy tripod

# Cable or a wireless/ remote shutter release

# Wide angle lens - 24mm to 70mm or similar

#preferably various L.E.D lights, you can buy some from the hardware or a lighting or from a car auto electric's shop. Some of the tools you can make at home from simple items from the hardware. If have some specialised Light Painting Tools from a company called - - He supply's the Light Painting Brushes tools.

#A good L.E.D Torch that is high Lumens

Settings -

I mostly shoot on Bulb, 100 ISO and F8 because iam often going atleast 2 to 3 minutes to paint in a scene. If you are shooting under 30 seconds change your ISO and Aperture accordingly.


The backdrop of Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sculpture's by the Sea Bondi is one of Sydney’s most popular events, with more than 500,000 visitors viewing over 100 sculptures installations by artists from around the world. Since 1997, this free exhibition captures the imagination of Sydney and visitors for three weeks in spring and is the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world.

The popularity of the Bondi exhibition was the inspiration behind the Sculpture's by the Sea, Cottesloe in Perth on Australia’s Indian Ocean coast in March each year. Held since 2005 the Cottesloe exhibition features over 70 sculptures and is enjoyed by over 250,000 visitors, making the exhibition as much a part of Perth as the Bondi show is in Sydney.


The concept for Sculpture by the Sea was the culmination of many years thinking, where a new step in the thought process came up every year or so. Essentially the exhibition came from my wish to create a major free to the public arts event for Sydney.

Like so many other people I have always loved large community arts events like ‘Opera in the Park’ and ‘Symphony Under the Stars’, especially the way total strangers sit next to each other listening to music while enjoying a picnic dinner and a few glasses of wine. To me this sense of community is too rarely displayed or available in the modern world where there are few opportunities for seriously enjoyable cultural activities that are free and not fringe (but hey, long live fringe!).

Pretty much straight away I thought there was a need for an accessible visual arts event in Sydney but the ‘what and where’ took some time to nut out especially as I did not have a visual arts background.

While running away from the corporate world and living in Prague in the early 1990’s I was taken to an outdoor sculpture park set amongst 13th century ruins near the town of Klatovy in northern Bohemia. Playing amongst the ruins and sculptures one night with my Czech art school friends I had my first experience of the power, if not majesty, of sculpture. From here my thoughts for the ‘event’ I might one day put on began to turn to sculpture.

Returning to Sydney, in 1996 friends who knew about my idea suggested i take a walk along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk (thanks Marie- Violaine and Matthew). All around me I saw natural plinth after natural plinth where sculptures of all descriptions could be installed. At the time I was expecting to land a major film job any day so the idea for the exhibition was put on hold until I realised the film job was not going to come through. With nothing scheduled in my life for several months, I thought I would set ‘Art by the Sea’ in motion – as I was still thinking of including paintings. It did not take more than a day to realise paintings would be an absolute liability in the wind and sometimes rain of the cliff-top walk. So that idea was dropped.

Fortunately for the exhibition, by now called Sculpture by the Sea, a number of key people fell for the idea and helped to make the exhibition a reality. Chief among these people were Anita Johnston at Waverley Council, which is responsible for managing the coastal walk, and Ron Robertson-Swann OAM one of Australia’s most recognised (if not occasionally controversial) sculptors. From the first phone call Anita was enthusiastic and guided the exhibition through Council’s environmental, safety and crowd management issues, while Ron advised on matters relating to installing and siting sculpture in a vast outdoor environment. Of equal importance Ron put his reputation behind the exhibition introducing many other substantial artists toSculpture by the Sea and thereby ensuring from year one that we had an exhibition of a high standard. Obviously many more people were crucial for getting the first exhibition off the ground but without Anita and Ron nothing would have happened.

David Handley, Founding Director - Sculptures by the Sea

Norman Herfurth

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