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Sculptures by the Sea
Since 2009, the Balnaves Foundation have donated the winning sculpture from Bondi’s annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. These winning sculptures have been installed within the Garden and Sydney’s Domain.
After a ten year residency beside the harbour, some of the donated works will join the growing contempoary art collections at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.
It is not since the 1870s and 80s, when the sculpture collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust was established, that there has been an expansion on the scale now underway thanks to this partnership between the Balnaves Foundation and the Trust.
The long-term placement of these sculptures on Trust lands, which are visited by millions of people every year, will provide further international and local exposure for the winning artists.
Sculpture by the Sea was established as a free to the public exhibition 15 years ago and now at least half-a-million people each year visit the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk to view the show.
Time and Tide, Granite Monolith II by May Barrie and Paradiegma Metaphysic by Paul Selwood won the prestigious Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Prize in 2009 and 2011 respectively. These sculptures were both installed at Mrs Macquaries Point in late 2011. The 2010 winning sculpture Mirroring 1995 by Danish artist Keld Moseholm was installed near the Main Pond in the Garden early in 2011.
For more information about the Balnaves Foundation and Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust partnership as well as the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition go to http://www.balnavesfoundation.com/current_grants_details/royal_botanic_garden.