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Egor Zigura Represents Ukrainian Art at the International Sculpture by the Sea Exhibition in Australia

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Awakening diptych, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019 /  Photo: AFP

Awakening diptych, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019 / Photo: AFP

Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney, Australia, is one of the largest open-air exhibitions of sculpture worldwide. It celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year, inviting viewers to a spectacular walk from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach on October 24 through November 10, 2019. For a couple of weeks, this cult event transforms the Pacific coastal walk into a 2-km long sculptural park. The exhibition presents more than 100 sculptures by artists from around the globe. More than 400,000 viewers had visited the event last year.

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The event draws high praise from critics worldwide each year, as proven by reviews in national and international publications, including Guardian (the UK), Sculpture Magazine (the USA), World Sculpture News (China), The Art Newspaper (the UK), The Independent (the UK).

The organizers had received more than 400 submissions from artists representing 31 countries. The preliminary selection was performed by a curatorial panel of Dr Malcom Bywaters, Gallery Director of the School of Creative Arts at the University of Tasmania; Dr Michael Hill, Head of Art History and Theory at the National Art School in Sydney; Anni Ma, Chinese Curatorial Advisor to Sculpture by the Sea; and Wendy Teakel, Artist and Honorary Visitor.

This year’s expert selection committee for the international exposition invited a Ukrainian sculptor Egor Zigura to join the event. His Awakening diptych, comprised of sculptures Kore & Colossus Awakening (2016), has been temporarily installed in Sydney.

The main idea these works convey is as follows: humankind has to attain self-knowledge beyond vague ideas, trite clichés, dubious values and empty dreams, winning the hope for a future filled with spiritual values reaching back to antiquity.

Awakening diptych, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019 (2)

The diptych represents the awakening of a person living in the contemporary age, when the present consumerist civilization has, the artist contends, entered a crisis.

The sculptures had been exhibited at Ukrainian and international art events, including BIFRONTE exhibitions (France, Italy); More Than Sculpture (Ukraine); Art Palm Beach art fairs (the USA), Art Marbella (Spain), Spectrum Miami (the USA), and Tokyo International Art Fair (Japan).

Notably, Egor Zigura became the first Ukrainian artist to ever present his works at Sculpture by the Sea. The artist is currently supported by NewNow Gallery.

Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • the Transfield Australian Invited Program, which funds two important new works for the Bondi exhibition, has selected works by a sculptor from New South Wales, Dave Horton, and a multidisciplinary arts studio Cave Urban.
  • Sculpture by the Sea in collaboration with Shalom will present an installation “Succah by the Sea” to celebrate a traditional Jewish Festival of Succot. Artistic director William Feuerman of Office Feuerman led a team of 6 Sydney-based architects to reimagine the Jewish ritual.
  • Sculpture by the Sea will present works of the three 2019 Helen Lempriere Scholarship recipients: senior artist Michael Snape (New South Wales), mid-career artist Louise Paramor (Victoria) and emerging artist Nadia Odlum (New South Wales).

The property development company Aqualand is the event’s main sponsor for the 4th year in a row. It will award a cash prize of $70,000 AUD to a sculptor whose work will be selected for permanent display in Sydney.

26.10.2019

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