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Eruv erectors are on the job again in Bondi, ostentatiously occupying prime real estate in the 16th annual Sculptures by the Sea on the coastal walk to nearby Tamarama. As readers would recall from last year’s Eruv special report, the erections are about easing the inconvenience of Shabbat for Jewish punters by re-defining their domicile, so that they can fudge the rules of religious observance. Anyway, it appears that Mark’s Park on the headland between the two beaches has been eruved to facilitate closer appreciation of the sculptures in the park. And this eruv extension is very tall and indiscreet. I’m unsure of the message sub-text, but as it says alongside, ‘Life is short’, so maybe they are cleverly juxtaposed. Presumably the big eruv will be short-lived too, as a temporary measure?

This year Sculptures hasn’t produced an amusing controversy like three years ago when prudery flared up and a naked boy sculpture was temporarily censored. But there are plenty of favourites, including this crocodile made from ghost nets retrieved by indigenous rangers in remote northern Australia.

And the Mengenang (Indonesian for memory) installation of 222 bamboo ‘bird scarers’ tuned to D-minor, to reflect on the lives lost in the Bali bombing. Strong winds really got it humming!

Gratitude & special thanks to JJ for use of her photos, as always.

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Ok, listen up you mob, time for some simple housekeeping.

At great expense, the ’email subscription’ button has been moved up in the right hand column, just over there. We hope to enhance your customer experience (oh yeah!) and lifestyle choices. Click on that button and you will automatically receive, free of charge, an email of the latest exciting posts on KC. How easy and cool is that! Pathetic really that KC’s marketing department suggested those two words to get your attention, but hey let’s go with the modern flow.

If you have any problems or comments, please let us know. We love feedback. But if you can’t handle the subscription button then you really have been spoonfed in a previous life, and need to take responsibility for this one.

Whilst on the subject of  responsibility, our ethical readers may be surprised (or not) to learn that others discover KC by googling words about naked little boys & sex. A salutary lesson about the power of the internet, since it relates to a Nov 2009 post on Sculptures by the Sea and controversy around a fibreglass sculpture of a small boy. KC editors considered removing the item from our online archives, but self-censorship is a slippery slope, if we’re always fearful of dreaded paedophiles. And in this case, the last laugh is on them anyway. But you guys (mostly men, I suppose!) had better watch out, as we could consider discussing your ‘looks’ with Kookynie’s finest (constabulary, that is).

Meantime, everybody else please settle back and enjoy the KC ride (by bicycle or shanks pony only) through these troubling but endlessly fascinating times. As my dear ol’ dad would say, you wouldn’t be dead for quids!

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‘Sculptures by the Sea’ is a hugely popular annual event at Sydney’s Tamarama Beach with sculptures along spectacular cliff tops, and 500,000 visitors. This year’s controversy generated PR frisson and backwardness.

‘Little Boy Lost’ by Paul Trefry is a life-like but oversized fibreglass rendition of a naked small boy with a spaced look. After initial exposure, so to speak, it was decided that it’s nascent willy could shock families, encourage pedophiles or whatever. Event organisers girded his loins with grungy speedos. This pre-emptive strike was self-censorship at its worst, as there had been no public complaints. Weasel words from the event director and local council were the only justification offered for this ridiculous modesty.

After a few days the artist finally revolted over this pathetic intrusion and removed the offending cossie, hopefully restoring lost boy’s innocence, and threatening to withdraw the sculpture if he was contradicted. References to Bill Henson and utterances from child protection lobbyists were rife, but common sense prevailed and of course the sculpture has entertained the masses. Council and the event director ducked for cover with more weasel words and now nobody was responsible for the original decision to censor.  Bravo Paul!

Folks, its actually made from fibreglass, not pulsating flesh, and represents the most natural form of naked innocence, found of course ironically on all Australian beaches. It’s amazing and scary how self-appointed moral guardians and anti-pedophilic hysteria can induce muddle-headed and reactionary thinking in people who should know better. Fortunately Fahrenheit 451 had not been applied to the event catalogue.

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