Sculpture by the Sea invites visitors to ‘score a goal’ at Cottesloe Beach
Bring your Burley to the beach or take your Sherrin to shore next month when sandgropers can score a goal through the big sticks on Perth’s most famous beach.
Life-size Australian rules football goal posts will be installed in the water at Cottesloe Beach as part of this year’s Sculpture by the Sea, which kicks off March 4 and features 70 artists from 12 countries.
While Beach Goals is an interactive installation combining two Australian icons – football and the ocean – the real aim of the spectacular work is to highlight the rise in sea levels due to the climate crisis.
Anonymous Australian art collective and this year’s Tourism WA guest artist Heavy Duty are the secret masterminds behind the concept piece that is sure to have any aspirant licking their lips.
In a statement, the irreverent guerrilla group said Beach Goals uses football to ask, “Are we prioritizing recreation over the health of the planet?”
Heavy Duty hopes sunbathers who set goals also think about inaction on climate change, pointing out that WA is the only state to have increased emissions, up 21%, since 2005.
Starting February 28, the Heavy Duty team will raise the goal posts on Cottesloe Beach with hydraulic and telescopic folk lifts before using concrete to drive them into the ocean at low tide.
The organizers of Sculpture by the Sea ask artists to remove all traces of their work at the end of the exhibition.
Australia’s answer to underground British artist Banksy, Heavy Duty has previously been responsible for guerrilla art projects Shelter Seat, a city bench highlighting homelessness in Perth, and Deforestation Detour, a sign on a southwestern highway pointing to an area where land clearing was taking place.
In 2020, Heavy Duty surreptitiously replaced plaques on statues of Captain James Stirling and John Septimus Roe around the city to highlight their roles in the Pinjarra Massacre.
Almost half of the artists involved in the 18th edition of Sculpture by the Sea are West Aussies, while sculptors from Japan, Norway, Mexico, France and the Czech Republic also take part in the outdoor exhibition which attracts over 200,000 people to Cottesloe Beach each year.
Entry to the event is by voluntary contribution, with organizers asking $5 per person and $10 per family.
All contributions go directly to the artists and staging costs of Sculpture by the Sea, which runs until March 21.