Every year Cottesloe Beach plays host to Sculptures by the Sea, attracting over 200,000 visitors. As usual several of the pieces left me pondering ideas that might, just might, have fallen outside the artists original intension, but isn’t that what art’s supposed to do? I’ll be presenting some of these pieces over the coming weeks. The first reminded me about the critical rules tourists need to remember when swimming at an Australian beach, particularly Cottesloe Beach in March.
|Thanks to Sculpture by the Sea|
Thongs are a must to protect your feet from the blisteringly hot white sand (Note: Rule 1 must be read in conjunction with Rule 2)
Thongs are the local name for flip, flops, or jandals. They are not to be confused with the material kind of thong, which should only we seen adorning six foot two, spindly female models … and maybe Tatum Channing … or so I’m told.
Dolphins are not the only fish with fins.
Lifesavers are not just to look at. No honestly it’s true. If they ask you to get out of the water it’s best to heed their advice, especially if it’s delivered in a high pitched, high volume voice, accompanied with frantic arm waving, and the word now!
Always swim between the flags.
Perhaps you can already sense my concern.
When I saw this piece from US artist, Carl Billingsley I panicked pondering how Cottesloe Council could have allowed this into the exhibition. Surely it would generate mass confusion amongst tourists. A sequence played out in my head …
Sculpture by the Sea 2014 © The Ponder Room