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Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world. I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist.
Focussing mainly on Western Australia and Australia, I am seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.



Sunday 12 March 2023

Sculpture by the Bay- Dunsborough 2023- Western Australia

Last weekend we visited the Sculpture by the Bay exhibition as part of the Dunsborough Art Festival. This is an annual event which has been held in Dunsborough since 2011. 

Always very interesting to see the range of large sculptures through the park along the foreshore and along Dunn Bay Road, and the small scultpures in Christian Fletcher's Gallery. 

I was particularly drawn to those with an environmental message. 

Below top left you can see - 
- Insiduous by Heloise Roberts - Flowers made from plastic bottles attached to trees and trailing through the garden representing insiduous introduced species that are suffocating our native ecosystems. This piece seemed like it was lit by solar lights in the middle of each flower. Would have been good to see at night. 

And below that -  Cumulonimbus by Shanti Gelmi & Louise Grimshaw - using waste and products of over consumption, it reflects on the effect of climate change on our environment. But I did love the little plastic creatures. 

I enjoyed the play of light and reflections on the fish in The School by Richard Aitken - reflecting on the warming of the oceans and the delicate balance. 

I really liked The Plant Apocalypse by Year 6 students at Dunsborough Primary School and their teacher Karen Seaman -  a colaborative piece using recycled paper, cardboard, plastic, salvaged fishing rope and wood, using metallic patinas to disguise the origins of the materials and creating a skyscraper that has been overtaken by nature. 

Musical Bones by David Johansen was a piece that encouraged interaction. Made from an old piano and bits and pieces inside to create the sound. Lots of fun! 

My husband particularly liked Brian Plank's - Kite - each piece moving independantly at the whim of the wind. 

- Jillain Warnock has used her artworks printed on aluminium to create Spiral Journey of the Spirit.  
- Plastic rope has been unravelled to make the tail of Kerry Walker's Peacock  
- and recylced objects have been used to create a dog as part of Merrilyn Whisson's piece - To Fetch A Pail of Water. 

In Size Matters by Margaret Rees - a hungry seagull is sizing up his options for breakfast, knowing the future of the ocean's sustainability is on the line. The pylon base is salvaged timber from the old Busselton Jetty. 

Below here you can see - clockwise from top left - 
- Shorts too Big by Greg Banfield created from windfall jarrah tells the story of hand-me-down clothes. 
- Tempest - by Wayne Smith - Created from corten steel this piece is like a whirling dervish or dust devil in the desert outback. 
- Metamorphosis by Rod Barnes - made from metal including old car doors representing the Year 2080 where machines reaching out to assist in developing mechanical life forms to restore beauty and wonder to the world. 
- Stealth Birdhouse by Keith Lush would almost disappear in the garden follage. 

And a few of the small sculptures - clockwise from top left - 
- Best Laid Plans II by Shanti Gelmi - representing the manipulation of dreams and expectations and the delicate balance between honouring wishes versus following your own path made possible by parental scarifice. 
- Lil'Bird by David Barbour made from washed up driftwood. 
-  Don't be afraid to think outside the box by Sue Smorthwaite representing the importance to think and decide for yourself whilst still being mindful of the need for social cohesion and tolerance of other views. 
- The Money trap by Louise Grimshaw aims to provoke discussion about the assumption that more money equals more happiness and the risks associated with obtaining more at the expense of simple pleasures. 
- Our Prickly Earth by Joshua Nicholas - made from wire, nuts, and washers represents the state of our global climate which is at least, a bit prickly. 

I hope you have enjoyed this look at the Dunsborough Sculpture By the Bay. You can see more at Sculpture By The Bay. Click on Galleries, then 2023 Sculpture By the Bay Gallery to see all the entries and prize winners. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 
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  1. What a refreshing post! We've just returned from SE Asia and a cruise that took us up some of the most polluted waters, I've ever seen. I was wondering what our recycle efforts in the world are accomplishing with trash still being discarded into waterways in certain parts of the world. This post gives me hope!! xx

    1. terrible isn't it to see polluted waterways. We can only do our little bit and help it contributes to the whole before it is too late!

  2. An intersting and fun exhibitions. Loved the piano because it is interactive. Also loved that children were involved in one of the exhibits.

    1. yes, most of them were do not touch, so the kids loved this one.

  3. Wow very interesting
    Greetings from Trinidad and Tobago🇹🇹
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  4. Jill - thank you for including such a thorough review of the sculptures - I enjoyed it very much. Like you, I appreciate the ones with themes about the environment. I am always impressed with pieces that have an interactive component, particularly if it engages the young people!

  5. Oh my gosh...love the piano and the peacock. Looks like a fun exhibit. Thanks for visiting me.

  6. Beautiful works of art! The piano is so fun, and I was really drawn to the peacock and the seagull pieces. Visiting from Peabea's link-up today

  7. What an intriguing exhibition. Actually, I find the male peacocks the most beautiful.

  8. Amazing captures of this fun time.

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!

  9. I always find Australian sculpture has a flair that is distinctive.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2023/03/i-wish-i-was-there.html

  10. Sorry for late comment. Now, I'm back from my surgery...

    ...and it's again a great pleasure that your post being part at


    Antwort is always a joy for me, too.

    Greetings by Heidrun

    1. oh, sorry to hear you went to surgery. i hope you are ok.

  11. Amazingly creative recycled material sculptures there -- great ideas. I liked that the school took part (and theirs was really quite good). The one about invasive species (insidious they all are indeed) quite struck home because that's something that Florida battles.

    1. we battle here too with invasive species, and not just plants, but creatures too.

  12. What a wonderful part of the world you live in Jill, we thoroughly enjoyed our WA roadtrip! I would have loved to have visited the Sculptures by the Bay too, people are so ingenious I agree those with an environmental message would have my heart too.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Wren x

  13. This looks like fun! Love the piano.

  14. Looks like my kind of event to attend! Nice photos.


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