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The SWELL Sculpture Festival is held annually on Currumbin Beach and this year’s event went from September 13 to 22.

Now in its seventeenth year, the ten-day festival brings up to 50 large scale works by nationally and internationally renowned artists to a free public exhibition on the beaches of the Gold Coast.

This year there was a strong emphasis on sea life and environmental works, with several light-based works designed to be seen at night. A diverse audience of people of all ages and backgrounds, plus a wide variety of dogs, enjoyed the sculptures.

Audience voting last week was skewing heavily towards Louis Pratt’s extraordinary work ‘Regret (of the Anthropocene)’ with its focus on coal driving humanity towards extinction, although the judges had other ideas.

For those who couldn’t get there, here is a selection of photos to make you wish you had!

Photos David Lowe

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  1. Well Len its been running for 17 years every September. Where have you been? BUT, agree, The Echo is good at reporting interesting events after they have happened!

  2. The sculptures are there for affect and not meaning.
    What is the meaning from the sculpture?
    The meaning transcends weeks, months, years and decades.
    The Sydney Opera House, how long can you look at it and never get tired of it.
    Decades, maybe hundreds of years, the same with the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
    It was built in 1932 and it is as fresh as 2019. That is art.

  3. Hi … Great stuff … So which sculpture did win and which was ‘REGRET” that got high eco praise it seems ? Chrs Jason


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