Iconic community art event Sculpture by the Sea opens at Cottesloe Beach

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Artists put finishing touches on their works for the Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe beach yesterday.

The 16th edition of the public art event, which regularly attracts more than 200,000 people, opens today.

Curtin University architecture graduate April Pine polished towering statues made from 100 per cent aluminium “because it’s light and I’m little”.

The diminutive artist used computer modelling for her “high tech but primitive” work, Flutter I and II, which tries to “marry strong and solid, solid but light”.

Japanese artist Zero Higashida was also shining marine grade stainless steel that coats his eye-catching entry World Peace Bird.

The Hiroshima-based sculptor hoped his 2m-tall crane would “bring love and wealth to is audience”.

Seventy artists from 17 countries are part of this year’s Sculpture by the Sea, which will ask visitors for donations for the first time.

While big is usually best at the annual public art event, Fremantle artist Tanya Lee flipped that logic on its head.

Her playful work Public Art featured scaled down versions of Perth public artworks, including Marcus Canning’s Containbow, the Spanda “paperclips” at Elizabeth Quay and James Angus’ “cactus” at Forrest Place, which all double as sprinklers.

“I’d love to do small versions of everything at Sculpture by the Sea,” Ms Lee laughed.

Other eye-catching works on the sand and under the pines at Cottesloe include the S.S. Endless Summer built out of milk cartons, the giant inflatable head melding Homer Simpson and Ancient Greek author Homer, and South Fremantle sculptor Alessandra Rossi’s Untitled (Coral Boy) statue based on a 3D scan of a teenage boy.

Tourism WA invited international artist Haruyuki Uchida’s Merry Gate, which uses magnets to make bright red blocks levitate, is sure to be a hit with beach-going art lovers.

Sculpture by the Sea runs until March 23.