Sculpture by the Bay will return for its 12th year tomorrow, showcasing more than 90 artists from the South West and beyond. For just three days each year, Dunsborough is transformed into an artistic oasis with the foreshore decorated with hundreds of outdoor sculptural works for locals and visitors to enjoy. More than 8000 people were recorded at last year’s exhibition and event co-ordinator Vicki Small expected an even bigger crowd this year. “We always have such a wonderful variety of entries and this year is no different,” Ms Small said. “There are several artists who have not previously exhibited as well as returning artists. This event would not be made possible without the generous support of our sponsors,” she said. Previous winners from Busselton and Dunsborough include Voytek Kozlowski, Greg Banfield and Kashmir Rouw. And with a doubled prize amount for the City of Busselton Acquisitive Award and the Dianne Laurance Sculpture Award, the competition is expected to be more fierce than ever. “The growth of this amazing festival is reflective of the combined community spirit ... and one that we can all be extremely proud of,” Dunsborough Arts Festival co-ordinator Jacquie Happ said. City of Busselton councillor Jo Barrett-Lennard commended the Dunsborough Progress Association and Sculpture by the Bay committee for their hard work. “This sculptural trail, alongside the community art projects ... is certainly an inspiration to many other larger communities across Western Australia,” Cr Barrett-Lennard said. The exhibition will run until Monday at the Dunsborough foreshore. Visit dunsboroughprogress.com.au.