Brighton Jetty Sculptures is an annual event and also a competition held at Brighton Beach in Adelaide during summer.
A wide variety of sculptures, including a few head-turners, are positioned within easy walking distance to Brighton Jetty, hence the name.
Here I’ll show you some of the best sculptures at Brighton Jetty based on my own perceptions.
I have been attending this annual event for the past few years now.
These have to be some of the best sculptures because I was motivated enough to take a photo of them.
I got kicked into the photography game after taking a picture of a couple of kangaroo sculptures in 2017.
After that photo, I have taken loads of photos during the Brighton Jetty event. Mainly of sculptures and artworks that speak to me in some way.
The arrival of Neptune (Poseidon), God of the sea, made it extra special. If a Greek God shows up, you know you have to take things seriously.
History: Brighton Jetty and Sculpture Competition
Brighton Jetty is forever linked with Greek mythology in another way as well.
It has an Aeolian harp on it, honoring Aeolis, the divine keeper of the winds.
I’ll show you the Aeolian harp sign on Brighton Jetty at the bottom of this post after you’ve seen the sculptures.
Brighton Jetty was first built in 1886. However, it was badly damaged after a severe storm in 1994.
By honoring Aeolis, I’m sure the thinking behind it was a hope that the modern jetty would be better protected and less likely to suffer a similar disastrous fate.
This free to attend sculpture event, which is also a competition for artists, has been around for a while, since 2008.
I’m not exactly sure when I first visited as I never bothered to take a photo until 2017, though I’m sure I have also been there before that particular year.
Brighton Beach is a fantastic beach. If you want to know more about the beach, you can read about it in another post revealing the 10 Best Beaches in Adelaide. If you’re a beach person, you should definitely check it out.
Brighton Jetty Sculptures 2021
In my opinion, the best time to visit Brighton Beach would have to be when Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures is on.
This annual event occurs in the last week of January and generally goes for just over a week. If you’re in Adelaide, you won’t want to miss it.
Here are some of my favorite highlights of the Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures over the years, starting with some of the best sculptures from 2021.
This magical kaleidoscope allowed you to see the stars. In the distance, you can also see a watermelon.
Dog catching a frisbee sculpture
Fish with light sculpture
Anglerfish are weird deep-sea fish with a dangling lure that hangs over it and lights up.
Only the Greek Gods could dream up a monstrous creature like this.
This artwork was probably the most interesting sculpture in 2021. Superheroes can be seen on the left side, such as Spiderman, Captain America, Iron Man, Superman, and Thor.
The sculpture you see here is only part of the display. What it all means is anyone’s guess.
Balance can be achieved. It just requires effort.
These are the words written on the wooden beam which balances the world on the right side, with a white feather on the left. It makes you think.
Outdoor Sculpture Winner 2021
Moving Forward by Will Hendriks won the outdoor sculpture competition.
Brighton Jetty Sculptures 2020
I found this ballerina sculpture so elegant.
Doing a Hand Stand Sculpture
Hand in the Sand Sculpture
The sculpture of a hand in the sand won the outdoor sculpture competition in 2020.
At Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures, there’s also an indoor display, where you can see smaller sculptures.
Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures 2019
The God of the sea had to make it to Brighton at some point in time.
This sculpture reminds me of the classic Australian movie Storm Boy.
Brighton Jetty Sculptures 2018
This is one of my all-time favorite sculptures at Brighton Beach.
Flying a Kite
A collection of colorful sculptures
I love this view.
Peace is good.
A simple sculpture overlooking Brighton Beach. I really like this one for its simplicity.
Brighton Jetty Sculptures 2017
This was my very first photo at the Brighton Beach event. You can probably even thank these two kangaroos for the post.
Aeolian Harp sign – The Elements at Play
Here it is, the Aeolian harp sign on Brighton Jetty.
When the Aeolian harp was first installed, it created a very loud humming noise on windy days, but you can hardly hear it these days. Someone obviously tweaked it.
Even so, you will want to listen carefully as you stroll along the jetty.
It finishes with: Through Aeolian the spirits of the wind speak.
If you like these sculptures, you may also like to see some of the Sculptures related to Greek Mythology in Australia.
These sculptures and water fountains found in Australia will really blow you away!
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