TRH Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark were a great 15th anniversary birthday present when they visited on the last day of this year’s Bondi exhibition. Thousands of well wishers waited for The Crown Prince Couple and they were not disappointed as Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik said hello to many dozens of people.
In a wonderful stroke of good luck for Sculpture by the Sea Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary first visited the exhibition in 2000, shortly after the Sydney Olympics, with Crown Prince Frederik so enjoying the exhibition he took the idea back to Denmark. This resulted in the first international edition of Sculpture by the Sea being held in the City of Aarhus in 2009 and again this year, with plans for the exhibition to be a biannual event.
Despite a very tight schedule during Their current Official visit to Sydney The Crown Prince Couple wanted to return to Bondi to see Sculpture by the Sea. They were met by the Premier of NSW Barry O’Farrell and his wife Rosemary, along with George Souris Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality & Racing and the Arts and his wife Vassy, as well as the Mayor of Waverley John Wakefield. After the introductions The Crown Prince Couple spent time speaking to people in the crowd while taking in some of the sculptures and meeting the artists including Keld Moseholm and Poul Bæhøj from Denmark and Tasmanian artists Marcus Tatton and Hugh McLachlan before meeting Simon McGrath and satisfying the wishes of the waiting media for photos under Simon’s sculpture Who Left the Tap Running?
It was then on to the presentation of the Allens Arthur Robinson People’s Choice Prize and the NAB Kids’ Choice Prize followed by meeting many more dozen of the exhibition visitors, including quite a few Danes who had joined the crowds.
To Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, from all of us at Sculpture by the Sea, thank you for the visit and thank you for your support!