(Images: Sculpture by the Sea)
Annette Thas, the artist who created the sculpture Wave, got her idea during a trip to see her family in Belgium. It was a family emergency and a time of heightened emotions. Returning home let her breathe in her childhood again, which came upon her like a wave. Dolls represent childhood to Thas, so Wave was the result of this personal reflection.
Thas purposefully used old rather than new dolls because “they come with the memories of the children that played with them.”
The structure is an aluminum frame covered with about 4,000 Barbies. It’s about 3 meters high and 4 meters deep. The project took 7 months to complete. It was displayed in the coastal town of Cottesloe in Western Australia.