Cartoon characters at Belgian beach fest
June 25 2017 12:28 AM
GULF TIMES
Sand sculptures are seen during the Sand Sculpture Festival ‘Disney Sand Magic’ in Ostend. A team of 32 sand sculptors from around the world spent five weeks building 150 sculptures based on Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel movies.

Reuters/Ostend, Belgium

A beach in Belgium has been transformed into a giant sandy gallery, featuring larger-than-life superheroes, cartoon characters and Cinderella’s castle, for one of the world’s biggest sand-sculpture festivals.
Working with 7,000 tonnes of sand, a team of 32 artists spent five weeks creating the 150 works for the Ostend Sand Sculpture Festival, which opened yesterday and runs until September, providing rain does not wash away the exhibits.
Many of the artists work in other mediums, such as wood or marble carving, and said they found sand sculpting presented some challenges.
“What I like in the sand is that you must be very tactile while carving, I am also an ice carver and to compare with ice, the sand is very fragile,” Russian artist Sergey Zaplatn told Reuters.




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