SAND SCULPTURES: A GUIDED TOUR | CANVAS EXPLORES

SAND SCULPTURES: A GUIDED TOUR | CANVAS EXPLORES


Here in Weston, we have a very different theme each year and this year’s theme is: “when I grow up” We asked the whole of Weston and beyond what they wanted to be when they grow up and this is their answers We’ve got a lion tamer by Helena Bangert from Holland And just opposite an architect by Jeroen Advocaat, also from Holland You’ll notice that we have a lot of artists over from the Netherlands, but they come from all over the world: Spain, Australia, New Zealand And here is the surgeon by Baldrick Buckle He’s from the UK, we also have UK artists Firefighters by Sergei Ramirez, this is one of our demonstration sculptures, so we leave some sculptures uncarved until we open the park to the public, so they can watch the artists at work and see how they are made Every year, we have a giant show piece which is usually around 8 metres tall This one was 8 metres tall, but then we lost the tip of the rocket in a storm, so it’s a little bit smaller, but this was by Niall McGee from Ireland And we have special effects in the sculptures, this one has a smoke machine built in, so the rocket explodes kind of automatically And this is the section of the park that we do every single year, just to answer all of those early questions People want to know how we make sand sculptures, so we’ve made one sculpture in 5 different stages And you can see what we go through from start to finish This is the chef by Anique Kulzenga, she is from Holland This is my favourite piece in the park, that’s why we put it in front of the program So, we make amuse sculptures in the park that we call our photo opportunities, so that the public can interact with them, stand onto them and be part of the piece So on the top of the sculptures, we’ve got wires sticking out at the top and that’s simply just to stop birds from sitting on them If we have a delicate top to a sculpture, then a seagull landing on it will just snap that straight off And now this is the competition zone, so this is something that we’ve never done here before at Weston Sand Sculpture Festival It’s a new idea Everybody that enters the park gets given one of these and they pick their favourite out of the 8 and they pop it in the box indicating their favourite And we pick the winner and they win 1000 pounds So this is the blue zone, now we’re in a competition zone, everything turns blue So this is by Jorvis Kivits from Holland and his piece is called Dunno dedicated to all those children out there that simply don’t know what they want to be when they get older To bee by Michela Ciappini It’s all about the future and bees and looking after bees This one’s actually my favourite The kids are alright just as they are by Zara Gaze She’s from the UK She’s just basically looking at the idea that whatever you are, it’s fine! And Baldrick Buckle says, when I grow up I want to be like my dad So, he’s made a kind of 3 dimensional cartoon strip about his dad being an astronaut or a footballer or saving people’s lives when in actual facts his dad is a plumber There’s a spelling mistake in that sculpture So this piece is by Sergei Ramirez, his idea is that when he grows up he just wants to escape the city and be amongst nature And that’s the final piece in the competition zone, so now we’re back into the exhibition zone This is by Marielle Hessels, she’s from the Netherlands and this is a road worker It’s quite a fun piece, it’s just a light hearted piece with guys who are working the road One of them walking passed by We happened to have a traffic cone, so they popped it in there for a bit of fun It’s part of the kids’ quizz, they get to find it And that concludes the sculpture exhibition But if you’re inspired and want to have a go, we’ve got workshop tables with step by step guides and a terrasse area to have a drink and ice cream

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