Thirroul artist Sally Kidall is exhibiting for the sixth time in Bondi’s famous Sculpture By The Sea exhibition, with the impacts of mining at the forefront of her work.
“Aqua, the gold of the future?” is one of 100 works by prominent Australian and International artists installed along a 2km coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Tamarama from Ocobter 19 until November 5.
One of Kidall’s signature elements is to have part of the piece living – in this case grass which is laid out like a red carpet. It also features bags filled with water which seem like they’re being shipped of in a boat into the ocean, as the installation has purposely been planted on the edge of a cliff.
“It’s a bit like a platform to discuss the value of our drinking water and how fragile and vulnerable it is, and that’s why I’ve mounted it on the edge of a cliff,” the artist and former interior designer said.
But unlike other giant works in the exhibition, Kidall’s work is not for sale.
“I’m very concerned about our natural resources that are so threatened,” she said.
“I always think of my work being a bit like an activist in a way, it’s my form of activism to try and help inspire conversations about very delicate matters that are often ignored.”
Kidall loves being part of the annual sculpture festival, calling it a great get together with her art world friends.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the 18-day event which attracts half a million visitors.
For more information visit: www.sculpturebythesea.com
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