Under the patronage of
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II

Sculpture by the Sea Aarhus - Denmark

The internationally acclaimed sculpture exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, returns to the Aarhus bay in 2015 for the third time. The spectacular three-kilometer long coast line from Tangkrogen to Ballehage will again transform into a giant sculpture park. Artist from more than 20 different countries shows unique sculptures in various shapes, sizes and materials will be placed near the shore, in the water and at the forest’s edge.

HISTORICAL SUCCESS

The inaugural Sculpture by the Sea Aarhus – Denmark were major successes in 2009 as well as in 2011 and 2013, attracting more than half a million visitors over a three-week period. 11 nations were represented by the exhibiting artist in 2009. In 2011 the number increased to 21 and in 2013 22 nations were represented. The exhibition is a strong cross-cultural meeting between artists, their works and the public. ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and the City of Aarhus looks forward to,  in collaboration with the sponsors, to present another fantastic exhibition with sculptures beyond the confines often found in the art museums.

ROYAL PATRONAGE

In 2011 Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary had once again agreed to be patrons of Sculpture by the Sea Aarhus - Denmark. It was Their Royal Highnesses who took the initiative to bring the spectacular exhibition to Aarhus the first time in 2009.

The Crown Prince and Princess experienced Sculpture by the Sea on the Bondi Beach near Sydney, Australia in the year 2000 and were deeply fascinated by the interplay between the sculptures and the coastline. This made Crown Prince Frederik contact the former director of ARoS, Jens Erik Sørensen, who subsequently put a great effort into bringing Sculpture by the Sea to Aarhus.

Afterwards the idea was fully supported by the city of Aarhus and its mayor Nicolai Wammen and Sculpture by the Sea Aarhus - Denmark became a reality.

THE ONLY SCULPTURE BY THE SEA EXHIBITION OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA

Sculpture by the Sea is an Australian concept, and the exhibition in Aarhus is thus far the only one outside Australia. Sculpture by the Sea is a creation of Founding Director, David Handley, and was revealed for the first time at Bondi Beach, Sydney in 1997 as a single day event. Since then the exhibition has evolved into large annual events at Bondi and Cottesloe with hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Read more about the exhibition and OPEN CALL at:

www.sculpturebythesea.dk