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.
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.
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
Sculptures by the Sea continues until March 23. Well worth visiting!
I’d love to hear what you thought about it