Cottesloe Beach and Sculptures by the Sea

Cottesloe Beach and Sculptures by the Sea. Two more reasons to be glad about living in Western Australia. This year there seems to be no end to the things to do and see, without leaving home.

I have a sixty-year-old relationship with Cottesloe Beach. Before that, I swam at beaches closer to my parents’ house in Floreat.

Flamingos and people at Cottesloe Beach 2015

Flamingos and people at Cottesloe Beach 2015

Life as a nurse-in-training changed my allegiance. There was something special about Cottesloe Beach when normal people were working. We nurses prided ourselves on our tanned skin. We thought it looked especially fetching – even sexy – against the stark white of our aprons and caps.

Sometimes we went to the beach before a shift that began at 1.30 p.m. Often we went to celebrate our weekly day-and-a-half off duty. We fell asleep on the sand after night duty and woke up red and sore from sunburn. No one thought to protect ourselves from the sun.

Cottesloe Beach is more cultured now. The pine trees are taller and the grassy banks are more manicured. There’s more shade and many more eating places.

Its essence remains.

For the last eleven years during March it has hosted the popular Sculptures by the Sea exhibition. This year, seventy sculptors from ten countries contributed to this exciting exhibition. It isn’t possible for me to do justice to them in a blog post.

 

Children at the base

Children at the base

Ball and chain

Ball and chain

Victory or revenge?

Victory or revenge?

Whimsy

Whimsy

Shape, colour and mystery

Shape, colour and mystery

Things I loved at Cottesloe Beach

  • The sculptures, of course. Some more than others. Several made me laugh.
  • The crowds of locals and tourists who ventured out on an overcast week day.
  • Older folk transported from their retirement villages in village buses.
  • Impressive numbers of children on school excursions.
  • Four-year-olds wearing red T-shirts and hats from a kindergarten. They played hide-and-seek among the sculptures. Some stood, thumbs in mouths, amazed.
  • Older students clustered around tables in shelters, making their own sculptures
  • Serious art students, sitting on rocks with their sketch-pads.
  • Mothers with babies in prams and toddlers underfoot.
  • Volunteers and workers, for their dedication to the exhibition
Work as usual for this  teacher and children

Work as usual for this teacher and children

A workman scrubs rust from one of the exhibits

A workman scrubs rust from one of the exhibits

Sculptures by the Sea continues until March 23. Well worth visiting!

I’d love to hear what you thought about it

8 thoughts on “Cottesloe Beach and Sculptures by the Sea

  1. Such a lovely post Maureen. One of my absolute favourite things to do in the Summertime!

    • Lovely to hear from you, Louisa-Rose. Yes, it’s one of my favourites, too. How come we’ve never been together? Next year?

  2. It seems alive to me when you write about it – anything lives from your pen or ccomputer or whatever medium you choose. ThanksMH X Rosiexx

    • Hello, Rosie and thank you. I guess as I enjoyed remembering the beach as a girl, and John and I had a lovely time wandering along the beach and the embankments. There were lots of people all intent on enjoying themselves, also. That made it a really nice day.

  3. Lovely, Maureen. I’d already seen a couple of pics from it on my daughter-in-law’s facebook page. I like your memories of sunbaking on the beach!

    • Thank you, Christina. When I began to write the post, the memories popped into my consciousness. We thought we were so beautiful at 17! And the tans were so essential that I remember ‘sun-baking’ in August, sheltering from the wind on the sand near the lime-stone walls at Cottesloe. I wanted to write a very proper appraisal of the exhibition – but I ended up having fun.

  4. I have been meaning to get down to the sculptures this year, but now I have made a date with myself for Sunday. Our upper school students have been lucky enough to have their swimming lessons at Cottesloe Beach again this year during the exhibition so you might have seen them at the beach. We are truly blessed by the beautiful location and the sculptures are an extra draw card. Your writing is exquisite and motivates me to get out and see Perth and WA with “awe and wonderment”. Thanks, Mum!

    • Wow! Thanks, Annie. Glad you enjoyed my post. Yes, you certainly should go and see the sculptures and all the other wonderful things that there are in and around Perth.
      There were lots of school children at Cottesloe the day John and I went. I loved seeing them, and watching how involved the kids of all ages were with the sculptures and the activities that had been arranged for them.

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