October 2015 – The Art and the UV-Index
Bondi Beach is only about seven Kilometres away from Sydney’s CBD (Central Business District). All year round it’s a nice place to be and now, in springtime, as summer is slowly approaching, it is a nice place to swim or ride the waves.
For almost 20 years, some days every year make the two kilometres walk from Bondi Beach all the way to Tamarama Beach a very special one. It’s the time when Australia’s largest outdoor exhibition in on. It’s called “Sculpture by the Sea” and this year it started October 22nd, the last day will be on Sunday, November 8th.
Over 50 local, interstate and international artists participate in this exhibition every year. Totally different sculptures, made of various metals, glass, plastic, stone, sand, wood and many other precious and not so precious materials can be found.
More than half a million visitors enjoy art, sea, and (mostly) beautiful weather.
In these days especially the wonderful spring weather with bright sunshine and blue skies might be dangerous for foreigners and Australians alike. Checking the weather report the reason for risk is quite clear: the UV-Index is very hight these days. The warning-level is on “red” and the instructions clearly say: “Wear SPF 30+ sunscreen, a shirt, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Do not stay in the sun for too long.”
So does the risk keep the visitors away? Certainly not! Do the people protect themselves? No, most of them don’t! What is the “Australian way” to have the visitors come and strolling around outside, among the sculptures – and protect them at the same time? Very easy: they provide sun protection (SPF 50) free of charge for everybody.