Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

    Big Boy joins big names at Sculpture by the Sea 2017

    27/01/2017 10:50 AM
    • Works by Tony Cragg and Zadok Ben-David coming to Cottesloe Beach for the first time
    • More than 70 artists from 17 countries to exhibit at Sculpture by the Sea 2017
    • Supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia

    A striking five-metre sculpture of a young man will make its world debut at Cottesloe Beach when the hugely popular Sculpture by the Sea returns this March.


    'Big Boy' is by highly regarded Israeli artist Zadok Ben-David, who joins renowned British sculptor Tony Cragg as the Tourism WA Invited International Artists participating for the first time in the 2017 exhibition.


    Mr Cragg has won multiple awards for his sculptures that explore relations between people and the material world, often using found materials.  Mr Ben-David is known for large-scale creations linked to his interests in illusion, civilisation and technology.


    Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said 49 Australians, including 31 West Australians, were among the artists from 17 countries contributing to Sculpture by the Sea 2017.


    "With 79 sculptures confirmed for this year's exhibition, locals and visitors will experience an outstanding and eclectic selection of artworks in the spectacular surroundings of Cottesloe Beach," Mr Barnett said.


    "The involvement of leading artists such as Tony Cragg and Zadok Ben-David shows how highly this event is regarded and confirms Perth's place on the international stage."


    The Liberal National Government, through Tourism WA, is a proud sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea.


    "Events such as this are an important part of Western Australia's $9.6 billion tourism industry and the State Government's strategy to grow the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020," the Premier said.


    "More than 216,000 people attended Sculpture by the Sea 2016, showing the importance of events in attracting visitors and showcasing Western Australia's beaches, attractions and vibrant culture."


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