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More sculptures moved back to avoid rush of high tide

A higher than usual tide at Cottesloe during Sculptures by the Sea has forced organisers to act.
A higher than usual tide at Cottesloe during Sculptures by the Sea has forced organisers to act.Picture: Danella Bevis

Cottesloe’s Sculpture by the Sea organisers continue to fight Mother Nature as a high tide forces more art works to be moved.

The exhibition’s founding director David Hanley said seven sculptures were moved back from the water’s edge since Monday.

“It has been quite dramatic. We have lost about 20m to 25m of beach in places,” Mr Hanley said. Yesterday, crew members worked with an excavator to move Perth artist Aliesha Mafrici’s Statis III work away from the ocean.

Organisers prepared for high seas this year by setting sculptures back further than usual.
Organisers prepared for high seas this year by setting sculptures back further than usual.Picture: Danella Bevis

“If we had not moved the sculptures, it would have been sculptures in the sea,” Mr Hanley said.

“Mother Nature has really thrown us a curve ball and it has been a challenge, but the crew and the artists have been great.”

Organisers prepared for high seas this year by setting sculptures back further than usual from the ocean, but an unexpectedly high tide forced them to move them even more.

“We had already factored that in, but we did not expect it to be 25m,” Mr Hanley said.

Organisers are scrambling to protect works from being damaged by high tides.

He said the poor weather did not detract from the popularity of the event, instead it had become a talking point.

“It’s been great. People have been very curious about the disappearing beach and it has become part of the exhibition,” he said. We’ve had wonderful attendance, especially on weekend evenings.”

Sculpture by the Sea runs until Monday.

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