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In pictures: beautiful Bondi Beach art for Sculptures by the Sea

A selection of incredible artwork has been unveiled at Bondi Beach in Australia for Sculptures by the Sea, an annual event that sees a temporary sculpture park being installed at the scenic surroundings.

A sculpture titled Buried Rhino is seen at Sculpture By The Sea at Tamarama Beach in Sydney, Australia.
A sculpture titled “Buried Rhino” is seen at Sculpture By The Sea at Tamarama Beach in Sydney, Australia. Image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
"Buried Rhino" by Gillie and Marc Schattnery.
“Buried Rhino” by Gillie and Marc Schattnery.
A stunning sculpture of a young girl matching the horizon line at Sculptures by the Sea.
A stunning sculpture of a young girl matching the horizon line at Sculptures by the Sea. Image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
Now in it's 20th year, Sculptures by the Sea sees over 500,000 visitors each year.
Now in it’s 20th year, Sculptures by the Sea sees over 500,000 visitors each year. Image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
"New Opportunity" by Ken Unsworth at Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi Beach.
“New Opportunity” by Ken Unsworth at Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi Beach. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images

The incredible installation features over 100 sculptures from Australian and international artists on display at Tamarama Beach in Sydney, spread along a two-kilometre coastal walk. The exhibition is free for all to attend, attracts an estimated 520,000 visitors every year and is the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world. This year marks the 20th anniversary, with a special sculpture conference scheduled at Sydney Opera House on 27 October.

"Dearest" by Margarita Sampson.
“Dearest” by Margarita Sampson. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images
A piece titled "Reality TV".
A piece titled “Reality TV”. Image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
A sculpture titled "Fluid".
A sculpture titled “Fluid”. Image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
A whale breaching in the background of "Mountains Air-Circles" by Koichi Ishino.
A whale breaching in the background of “Mountains Air-Circles” by Koichi Ishino. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images
The exhibition is due to run until November 6 at Bondi Beach.
The exhibition is due to run until 6 November at Bondi Beach. Image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

The event was open to all sculptors with diverse experience levels, with a range of awards and subsidies being made available to artists. The not-for-profit organisation also offers a range of educational programs and resources to schools specifically focused on sculpture.

"Kangaroo" by Richard Tipping.
“Kangaroo” by Richard Tipping. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images
A sculpture titled "Travelling Bag".
A sculpture titled “Travelling Bag”. Image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
A sculpture titled "Fair Dinkum Offshore Processing".
A sculpture titled “Fair Dinkum Offshore Processing”. Image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
Another exhibition is due to take place in March at Cottesloe Beach in Perth.
Another exhibition is due to take place in March at Cottesloe Beach in Perth. Image by James D. Morgan/Getty Images
A special event to celebrate 20 years of Sculptures by the Sea will take place at Sydney Opera House on October 27.
A special event to celebrate 20 years of Sculptures by the Sea will take place at Sydney Opera House on October 27. Image by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Another exhibition titled Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe is due to be staged at Cottesloe Beach in Perth throughout March, with applications for interested artists now open. Sculptures by the Sea will be on display until 6 November. More information on the event is available on the website.