Currumbin Beach was transformed into Queensland’s largest outdoor art exhibition for 10 days this September, as the Swell Sculpture Festival returned to the Gold Coast.
A wide variety of sculptures created by local and international talent was on display along the beachfront and in other areas throughout the duration of the festival, and the local community got involved in creative ways too. This video features a number of claymation films created by students of Palm Beach Currumbin State High School’s Film Excellence Program inspired by several of the artworks, including Daniel Clemmett’s ‘Two Dogs in a House on a Boat in the Water’.
Among this year’s international contributors to the festival were Turkey’s Ibrahim Koc, China’s Liu Yonggang and Belgium’s Georges Cuvillier who won the Max Fabre Foundation Environmental Awareness Award for his piece ‘The Harvest.’ Taking home the biggest award and a cash prize of $15,000 was Chris Bennie, whose artwork ‘The Kissing Swans’ featured a wrecked caravan recovered from Bundaberg following the flooding in 2011.
The Swell Sculpture Festival has been a major draw for Currumbin Beach since it opened 11 years ago, and this year’s attendance figures were higher than ever, thanks to the festival’s growing reputation and the increasing number of artworks on display. As well as celebrating art and the outdoors, the festival also has a strong environmental focus, with many artworks highlighting the creative benefits of recycling and encouraging visitors to use eco-friendly transport by offering free parking for bicycles and operating a park and ride scheme with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.