In June 2015 Aarhus was once again in the spotlight, because the spectacular exhibition Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus displayed 56 new and exciting sculptures by artists/groups from 24 different countries around the world.
In 2015 the exhibition was yet again a major success, as well as in 2009, 2011 and 2013 when the three-kilometre-long stretch of coast from Tangkrogen to Ballehage was turned into a spectacular outdoor art gallery, attracting approximately half a million visitors during only one month.
With its 56 sculptures from 24 nations along the shore and forest of southern Aarhus, supplemented by the Sculpture Inside exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea Aarhus yet again made quite an impression with both the press, the public and the many tourists.
Sculpture by the Sea is about expectations and recognition, but also about surprizes. We have enjoyed great art and a large number of visitors. Once again we can conclude that the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition is a huge success and a great asset to the city, says Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard.
Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus - Denmark is a strong cross-cultural meeting between artists, their works and the public. One of its main qualities is to offer a completely new approach to presenting art. The beautiful nature around Aarhus is there to be enjoyed free of charge, and Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus - Denmark extends this principle to also include art.
By moving the works of art beyond the confines of a gallery or museum and interposing them with a natural environment in an area which is already a popular destination for excursions, the public gets a really close-up look. Sculpture by the Sea Aarhus - Denmark is enthusiastically described as a catalyst for experiencing both art and nature in a completely new way.
The exhibition in 2015 featured hundreds of activities ranging from guided tours, children’s workshops, live performances, lectures and debates to more physical activities such as Stand Up Paddle boarding, running and open water swimming, as well as special guided tours for the blind or vision impaired and for the deaf or hearing impaired.
Sculpture by the Sea Aarhus - Denmark has come to fruition through a unique collaboration between various cultural institutions: ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Godsbanen, Children’s Cultural Centre, the City of Aarhus and David Handley, Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea, Australia.
Read this report that gives a brief outline of the exhibtion and its succes. (pdf 5 mb.)