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Client: Alfred Project

‘Matryoshka’ – Sculptures By The Sea

Staged on the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi is one of Sydney’s most popular events, with over 500,000 visitors viewing over 100 sculptures by artists from around the world.

Held since 1997, Sculptures by the Sea is a free public exhibition which captures the imagination of Sydney and its visitors for three weeks each spring and is the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world. The exhibition generates an almost unprecedented level of goodwill among the public as they enjoy one of the most unique events in the world.

Picked from hundreds of entries from around the world, Alfred’s submission ‘Matryoshka’ was selected to exhibit in a prime location at the entry to Marks Park and was clearly visible from Bondi Beach.

‘Matryoshka’ aims to use a warm, natural material to represent what is usually a functional, cold and benign item that is familiar to the general population.

‘Matryoshka’ is a set of perfectly scaled shipping containers created entirely from a radiata ply wood construction. The sculpture begins with an actual size 20ft container construction with 25% increment decreases there after, all inside each other like Russian Dolls.

Through craftsmanship and humour, the sculpture allows people to view the item in a new light and appreciate the level of detail and design that is incorporated into this everyday item, which would otherwise go unnoticed.

When viewed closely, the detail in the construction is revealed with furniture-like production qualities, particularly in the relief of the various ply laminate profiles.