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31 photos of sculptures that will make you think so many deep thoughts.

Right now in Sydney, Australia, you can walk down a beautiful beach and see dozens of jaw-dropping, mind-bending sculptures.

Billed as the "world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition," "Sculpture by the Sea" was started 18 years ago on a budget of just $11,000 and now draws over 500,000 visitors a year. These amazing photos were taken by Lisa Maree Williams.

Despite the idyllic setting, the sculptures are — like most art — intended to make you think deep thoughts.


While it's impossible to know which deep thoughts the artists were going for (and it's rude to ask), these are my best guesses. Your deep thoughts may vary. Unlimited deep thoughts per customer.

1. "The Bottles" by RCM Collective

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Stop throwing plastic bottles into the ocean, or one day they'll gain sentience and seek revenge on your terrified children.

2. "Transmigration" by Jeremy Sheehan

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Dumping chemicals in the ocean poisons fish, which leads, ultimately, to rickety birds.

3. "Half Gate" by Matthew Asimakis, Clarence Lee, and Caitlin Roseby

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We can make our prisons more humane. Just maybe don't make it so easy to escape.

4. "The Navigator" by Calvert and Schiltz

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There's nothing more soothing than riding a hyena into the sea. Nothing.

5. "Open" by Peter Lundberg

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Let's talk to each other more. Preferably through giant stone holes, if possible.

6. "Outside-in" by William Feuerman

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If I see the sculpture, does the sculpture ... see me?

7. "Surfer's Paradise" by James Rogers

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Life's too short to always speak into the correct end of the megaphone.

8. "Space Time Continuum v4" by Clayton Thompson

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The universe is, like, big, man.

9. "Fun" by Naidee Changmoh and "Fabrication" by Veronica Herber

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Get that baby an agent!

10. "Voyagers I & II" by Margarita Sampson

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Again, be kind to the birds, even if they're slow-moving and flightless.

11. "Cairn" by Morgan Jones

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A moment of silence, please.

12. "The Thing Which Has Come Here" by Masayuki Sugiyama

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Obsidian sea monsters deserve love too.

13. "Meditation" by Seung Hwan Kim

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Please be more careful when stacking the chairs.

14. "Divided Planet" by Jörg Plickat

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Love is kinda neat.

15. "Cradle of Form" by Elyssa Sykes-Smith

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Don't play a big game of Jenga on top of a mountain.

16. "Harbour" by Chen Wenling

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Outdoor yoga is the slam.

17. "Forest" by Deborah Sleeman

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If you keep putting poison into the air, we'll basically be left with tiny chickens, fish tails, and mushrooms made of metal, in terms of nature.

18. "Keep Safe/Keepsake" by Sandra Pitkin

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Seriously. If you keep putting poison into the air, we're going to have to take all the trees and put them in boxes so you idiots can't hurt them anymore. Remember this Joni Mitchell song? That was a warning. We will seriously make the tree museum happen.

19. "Dust" by Norton Flavel

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Maybe giants don't do jazz hands.

20. "The Bell" by Ruth Liou

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Why do lighthouses have to be so tall, anyway?

21. "Intuitive Sense of Connection" by Andrea Vinkovic

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We humans may fight, hurt, even kill each other, but at the end of the day, we are all one medium-sized lattice ball.

22. "Wind Blowing" by Koichi Ishino

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When you trust fall into the sea, everyone wins.

23. "Cycle of Life" by Ron Gomboc

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"The Lion King" still holds up pretty well.

24. "Lonis" by Robert Hague

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Aren't we all the king of the world? Sometimes?

25. "Crate Poems" by Alessandra Rossi

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Maybe a bottle isn't the best delivery mechanism for a message after all.

26. "Conspicuous Consumption" by Benson Sculpture

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Maybe let's not waste so much paper all the time?

27. "Open Home" by Kate Carroll and "Fabrication" by Veronica Herber

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Do I really need to knock down that wall to build a home office? Do I really need the extra space?

28. "Middleground" by Philip Spelman

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Relationships are hard work.

29. "Acoustic Chamber" by Arissara Reed and Davin Nurimba

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Listen to your heart when he's calling for you.

30. "Wave 2" by Annette Thas

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Seriously. Stop throwing plastic into the ocean.

31. "The Bridge" by Linda Bowden

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Be good to one another. And enjoy the sunset!

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