Spare a thought for the installation team behind Sculpture By The Sea today. You’d be hard pressed to think of another event that is so regularly and adversely effected by this seasonal influx of inclement weather as Sculpture By The Sea is, owing, of course, to its perilous proximity to the blustery coastal fringe between Bondi and Tamarama beaches.

Open from today, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition commences with the display of 107 sculptures by artists from 21 countries – well, save for the dozen or so that patiently await installation on the south Bondi headland. The wide and windy expanse known as Mark’s Park, where a great deal many of the artworks are regularly installed along the park’s outermost edges, has been subject to delays due to the weather; as a result, the announcement of the $70,000 Aqualand Sculpture Award has been temporarily delayed. Per tradition, there is no shortage of contenders for the top prize and most photographed alike, including including a three metre tall fleshy figure, Horizon by Mu Boyan, one of eight works contributed by alumni from the Central Academy of Art in Beijing. Expect to see plenty of it in your Instagram feed between now and November 4. In the interim, preview select works from the 2018 Sculpture By The Sea showcase in the gallery above.

Sculpture By The Sea is free to the public and runs until Sunday 4 November, 2018. More information is available here.

Tile and cover image: Charlotte Curd/Courtesy of the artist and Sculpture By The Sea