Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures

Sunny with a brisk breeze. Lovely weather for a little photographic expedition. And the last day for the sculpture show at Brighton Beach in Adelaide.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Serpent 1, Quentin Gore

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Asphodelus, Leith Elder. Elder’s interpretive text is interesting:
“Asphodelus Fistulosis, the common onion weed was imported into Australia as an ornamental where it has been declared a pest species in several states. It thrives in disturbed and infertile ground. The Asphodel Meadows were a section of the underworld in Greek mythology dedicated to the dead who were neither good nor evil. The meadows were said to be carpeted with Asphodel.”
Although asphodel thrives in my (attempted) vegetable garden, I could live with one more like this. It would only take some space and $3,500.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
James Worth’s Free form – colours echoing the Life Savers on the beach.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Unicellular, Astra Parker

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Waterwheel, Warren Pickering
Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Waterwheel – cast shadow

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Windman, Corey Thomas; Winner Environmental Awareness
This whimsical sculpture includes a light inside the briefcase which is powered by the wind. Plenty of that today, but too much daylight to notice the glow. This attracted a lot of attention. As a sculptural form it didn’t have much power for me, although the human figure makes it an ‘instant’ attraction.

There were over 100 sculptures in the show, at least one more blog’s worth. Could we have a new word – a bloggeth? These few works were on the southerly stretch, mostly beside the footpath. There was quite a bit of repetition stylistically, but in this sort of show you can just amble past to the next one. I guess steel and outdoors go together. There seems to be a thing for open work – making the toughest stuff look lacy…

That was last Sunday. Did anyone else notice that last week was hardly there at all?

 

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12 thoughts on “Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures

    1. I agree! After all, the space around the form is part of the composition too. One entry called “Nothing” tried to make a related point, with no actual piece except a small wooden block chair to sit on while contemplating ‘nothing’.

  1. Seeing these sculptures outdoors with that backdrop of the beautiful green sea is an atmosphere I’d suspect most sculptors would adore. I love the variety of pieces you chose to write about here. The wind-powered businessman w/ briefcase is a very touchy political subject here too, as many wind farms are opening along the beach areas of the coast here. That “onion weed” sculpture is really something!! Great color/patina on it works so well within the beach environment. Fabulous post, Philippa!

    1. Thanks Patricia! Inspired by bloggers like you to do a little ‘reviewing.’ I am more visual than intellectual in content, but I can accept that and hope it falls the right way! Yes, the coastal landscape adds such a sense of space for sculpture.

    2. Thanks Patricia! I am inspired by bloggers like you to do a little reviewing. More visual than intellectual in content, but hope it falls the right way! Yes, the coastal landscape adds such a sense of space for sculpture.

  2. I love outdoor exhibitions too but I don’t think I have seen one actually on the beach! There is a vogue for anything lacy at present – in architecture too and paper of course. Your weather is envious – I feel warmer just looking at these.

  3. Interesting works although sometimes I long to see some new and unique trend in outdoor sculpture – seems like I’ve seen all these before. Great photos and oh, that sunny beach…thanks for sharing Philippa…

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