Australia's "Sculpture by the Sea" exhibition begins near Sydney

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A work titled "Buried Rhino" by artists Gillie and Marc Schattner is on display as part of the annual Sculpture By The Sea exhibition Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
A work titled "In Awe" by artist Rebecca Rose is on display as part of the annual Sculpture By The Sea exhibition Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
A work titled "Boolaloo" by artist Lou Lambert is on display as part of the annual Sculpture By The Sea exhibition Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
A work titled "Kangaroo" by artist Richard Tipping is on display as part of the annual Sculpture By The Sea exhibition Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
A work titled "Dave" by artist Cathyann Coady is on display as part of the annual Sculpture By The Sea exhibition Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: A sculpture titled Fair Dinkum Offshore Processing is seen at Sculpture By The Sea at Tamarama Beach on October 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images,)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Sculptures are seen at Sculpture By The Sea at Tamarama on October 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images,)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Sculptures are seen at Sculpture By The Sea at Tamarama on October 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images,)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: A sculpture titled Fluid is seen at Sculpture By The Sea at Tamarama Beach on October 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images,)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: A sculpture of a young girl is seen during Sculpture By The Sea at Tamarama on October 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images,)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: A sculpture of a young girl is seen during Sculpture By The Sea at Tamarama on October 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images,)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: A sculpture titled Reality TV is seen at Sculpture By The Sea at Tamarama Beach on October 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images,)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: A sculpture titled Travelling Bag is seen at Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi Beach on October 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images,)
Visitors sit on a sculptures on display between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach on the first day of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney on October 20, 2016. Celebrating it's 20th anniversary, Sculpture by the Sea is the world's largest annual, free-to-the-public, outdoor sculpture exhibition. / AFP / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: 'Wave Wall' by Zhou Tengxiao at Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi Beach on October 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
Visitors look at sculptures on display between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach on the first day of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney on October 20, 2016. Celebrating it's 20th anniversary, Sculpture by the Sea is the world's largest annual, free-to-the-public, outdoor sculpture exhibition. / AFP / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Women exercise between sculptures on display between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach on the first day of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney on October 20, 2016. Celebrating it's 20th anniversary, Sculpture by the Sea is the world's largest annual, free-to-the-public, outdoor sculpture exhibition. / AFP / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: A Sculpture is seen during Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi Beach on October 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images,)
A sculpture made from stainless steel and stone is seen on display between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach on the first day of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney on October 20, 2016. Celebrating it's 20th anniversary, Sculpture by the Sea is the world's largest annual, free-to-the-public, outdoor sculpture exhibition. / AFP / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: 'Dearest' by Margarita Sampson at Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi Beach on October 19, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: 'New Opportunity' by Ken Unsworth at Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi Beach on October 19, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: 'Surfing Bondi clouds' by Barbara Licha at Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi Beach on October 19, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
A woman stands next to a giant jandal on Tamarama Beach as giant sculptures are installed ahead of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney on October 19, 2016. Celebrating it's 20th anniversary, Sculpture by the Sea is the world's largest annual, free-to-the-public, outdoor sculpture exhibition. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Australia's annual "Sculpture by the Sea" exhibition got under way on Tuesday with more than 100 giant figures looming along the coastline between Bondi and Tamarama beaches near Sydney.

The exhibition showcases both Australian and international artists and will stop beachgoers in their sandy tracks with sculptures such as a red flipflop sandal and a dismembered rhinoceros with its feet in the air.

The annual event, which began in 1997 and is free to the public, received close to 500 submissions this year from sculptors in 27 countries around the world.

It runs until Nov. 6 and is expected to attract thousands of visitors working on their tan amidst the huge sculptures.

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