Sydney will get its first glimpse of Sculpture by the Sea as the exhibition crowns the winner of its most prestigious award.

The two-kilometre exhibition along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk will open on Thursday and run until November 10, featuring more than 100 sculptures by artists from around the world.

The recipient of the Aqualand Sculpture Award – whose sculpture will be gifted for permanent public enjoyment in Sydney – will also be announced.

This year’s Sculpture by the Sea could be the last in Bondi after a spectacular falling out between organisers and the local council over a new path to boost disabled access.

The founding director of the popular exhibition David Handley, which brings in about 450,000 visitors each year, says the 279m long and 1.8m wide concrete path will interfere with the spring event.

Mr Hurley has threatened to pull the event from Bondi over the issue.

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