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In Sydney, more than a hundred artists from across the globe are showcasing their work as part of the 15th annual showing of Sculptures by the Sea.

Beach-walkers in Sydney are regularly treated to stunning views of exotic wildlife, even the occasional sighting of a dolphin or whale.

But take a walk along Sydney’s Pacific coast in November and you can expect more than that, with wild zebras and deer lining the famous Bondi beach.

They’re part of the exhibits on show as part of the Sculpture by the Sea display, which organizers say is proving a big hit with the public.

A veteran sculptor from Sydney has come up tops this year, with a steel sculpture called "Paradiegma Metaphysic".

Winning artist Paul Selwood said: "I have managed to make a living as an artist, a modest living, but this is going to make a big difference."

Selwood, who is said to have developed a love for architecture when watching the construction of the Sydney Opera House as a young man, faced stiff competition.

Artists dreamt up some extraordinary creations, like a skeleton climbing a ladder into the sky, or a giant tap.

Artist Alessandra Rossi constructed an outdoor living room using sandbags, in order to draw attention to climate change.

Artist Alessandra Rossi said: "I think it’s our prerogative as artists to be able to at least plant an idea and then people can and should interact and start thinking about it."

Although the exhibition is reported to have injected 80 million dollars into the state economy, it has had to rely on donations to survive.

This is about to change. The government of New South Wales has announced it will contribute 1.2 million dollars in funding over the next four years, which means, every artist is set to receive two thousand dollars to help cover their costs.

Up to half a million people are expected to visit the free exhibition, which runs until November the 20th.

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