Now that Sculpture by the Sea 2016 - Bondi is just around the corner, it starts on the 20th of October, I thought I would present one of my favorite artworks so far of the past 20 seasons (you are saying 20 seasons? Yes, Sculpture by the Sea is celebrating its 20th birthday this year!).
Lucy Humphrey's Horizon is one of my favorite artworks of Sculpture by the sea. It was exhibited in Bondi, in the Sculpture by the sea 2013. Humphrey even won the Helen Lempriere Scholarship for 2013 with Horizon.
Horizon was an enormous, human size, sphere filled with water sitting on concrete block, itself sitting on the edge of a cliff in Bondi. It almost looks like a giant snow ball and on first view, I almost expected sand slowly flowing down from the top.
The view through the sphere is reversed. It is immediately obvious that the site on which this sculpture is placed is very important because it needs a lot of distance between it and the view behind it in order to provide the viewer with its full spectacle. It was conceived and built specifically for this site, however, I feel it could be placed in many sites where the horizon line is visible to raise to its full glory, and this is confirmed by the fact that the sculpture was brought to Denmark for the Sculptures by the sea, Aarhus 2015 and received the same success as in Bondi in 2013 in this new site.
Horizon is very site responsive and changes constantly as it "reflects" the immediate ever changing environment in a reversed image. It gives the viewer a distorted view of what is immediately behind it.
I love the fact that suddenly, the viewer stops and ponders at what he can see through this sphere, with the horizon remaining constant but the view flipped both vertically and horizontally, and thus I find this work extremely successful stopping the viewer to observe and reflect. Without Horizon, the public would have just walked on.
I am not sure I would change anything about this work but I would love to be able to see the sphere without the support beneath, I think it would give it an even more fascinating dimension. To me this is a very successful piece visually and conceptually.
If you have gone to Sculpture by the Sea, either in Bondi or in Cottlesoe and have a favourite sculpture please share with me, I would love to hear your thoughts. If you have not gone to Sculpture by the Sea or even if you have, and are around in Sydney between the 20th October and the 6th of November, make sure to make your way to Sculpture by the Sea for it promises to be another great year this year. You can have more information on http://sculpturebythesea.com/bondi/