Installation underway ahead of Swell Sculpture Festival this weekend

OVER 60 sculptures have begun their journey to Currumbin’s golden beaches, as artists begin installing their impressive sculptures ahead of the SWELL Sculpture Festival which opens this Friday 12 September.

Today bystanders watched as cranes and trucks began the enormous task of positioning the sculptures ahead of the 10-day festival, which will see Currumbin Beach transformed into a kilometre-long sculpture park.

SWELL Sculpture Festival Founder Natasha Edwards praised the efforts of the artists and the SWELL team involved in today’s extraordinary installation.


“It’s been an amazing day,” Ms Edwards said. “For months we have been talking about these works and seeing pieces of them come together, so to see the installation today – and people’s response the works – was just fantastic.

“I hope everyone can come down to Currumbin Beach this weekend and enjoy this incredible spectacle.”

swell sculpture 300Over 215,000 visitations are expected over the 10 days with many people enjoying the free exhibition, which is open all hours, numerous times.

Currumbin Rock will glow red each night as well as 20 sculptures dramatically brought to life through lighting and optical tricks which will play off the shimmering moonlight.

The festival will include plenty of free activities on offer for all ages, including ‘Parasol Pictures’ for kids, a number of master classes and workshops such as ‘Sculpt a Wire Fly’, ‘Drawing Sculpture from Life’ and ‘Flourish with Felt’, guided ‘Twilight Sculpture Walks’ and daily pop-up talks.

In a SWELL first, on Thursday 18th September yogis are invited to take part in a ‘Salute to Sculpture’ yoga session amongst the large-scale sculptures on Currumbin Beach.

SWELL’s festive finale ‘DUSK’ will excite young and old with a vibrant mix of fire performances, live entertainment, incredible roving giant puppets and the presentation of the people’s choice awards on Sunday 21st September from 4pm – 7.30pm

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