Many people in their quest to see the large and often spectacular sculptures with glorious backdrops of the Pacific Ocean, Bondi and Tamarama beaches often miss one of the jewels of this annual event, for example the Maquettes. Just as painters will do preliminary sketches or a draft, so too do sculptures. Prior to creating a large edifice for installation they prepare small miniature models technically named Maquettes.

Despite admiring some particular sculptures intensely in the main event most people do not live in premises that could house these gigantic objects. Furthermore, the cost runs into five or six figures.

Maquettes are the ideal compromise. Most cost in the four figure range, they can fit in your house or apartment, and in most cases can be carried away by hand. I attended on the last day of Sculpture by the Sea and there were plenty of sold red dots on these small but often powerful objects of desire.