One of the sculptures featured in the 2005 Artscape exhibition at Cape Byron.
One of the sculptures featured in the 2005 Artscape exhibition at Cape Byron.

Sculptures to transform beachfront

The Byron Bay beachfront between the surf club and Clarks Beach is set to be transformed into a huge outdoor sculpture gallery for two weeks next year.

Byron Council has given the go-ahead for a major exhibition featuring up to 50 works to be staged in a window from May 15 to July 18.

It follows the hugely successful Artscape event at Cape Byron in 2005 which saw 51 sculptures installed, with the event officially opened by TV personality Andrew Denton.

Ben Kirkwood, Byron Bay restaurant owner and vice-president of artsCape Biennial Inc, which is organising next year’s exhibition, said the event had the potential to become one of Byron Bay’s biggest attractions.

Mr Kirkwood said the exhibition would boost the town’s economy and show Byron Bay in a positive light.

He said it wouldn’t cost the council or the community one cent, with costs being covered by sponsorships and donations from local businesses.

Like the 2005 event, sculptors will be asked to theme their works to the natural and cultural values of the beachfront.

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