In June, 2009 Sculpture by the Sea went international for the first time.
The site of this new venture was Aarhus, a city three hours from Copenhagen, Denmark, where, with a shoreline encompassing sand, rocks, lawn and forest it made a superbly beautiful setting for the showing of sculpture.
Of the 60 works that comprised the exhibition, roughly half were by Australian sculptors while the other half came from Denmark, various European countries, Japan, New Zealand and the USA. Of great interest were the two works by renowned British artists, Sir Anthony Caro and Philip King, a connection no doubt evolving from Ron Robertson-Swann’s earlier association with these major figures when he studied at St Martin’s School of Art in London in the sixties. They were at the forefront of new developments in sculpture, which Robertson-Swann brought back Australia on his return in 1968.