A second post here for you on my love for Somerset. After a delicious Afternoon Tea at Tiffany’s Edwardian Tea room, my nan and I took a stroll down Weston-super-Mare’s seafront and we stumbled upon the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival; an exhibition packed with incredible sand sculptures in celebration of their 10th successful year there…
Incredible, right? Considering these sculptures are made from just sand and water. The sand used has a very very small sharp edge (unseen by the human eye though so don’t go thinking you’ll cut your feet walking on Weston) so that when it’s mixed with water, it “clicks” together to form a compacted dense mass. The compacting is done by building pyramids of sand by using wooden frames, which are then removed before sculpting. So there’s absolutely no framework inside these sculptures… it’s insane!
The sculptures last several months outside, whatever the weather may be, so if they were built indoors, it’s said that there’s no reason why they wouldn’t last forever!
If you can spot things easily, you’ll notice that there’s little wires poking out of some of the sculptures. I thought it was part of a framework, but they’re actually there to prevent birds sitting on top of them and destroying the top of the sculptures.
The festival has been held at Weston-super-Mare for 9 years and this year marks it’s 10th anniversary. Each year there’s a theme, in the past they have used Hollywood, Fairy Tales and Under The Ocean. This year, as its 10th anniversary, the theme is The Best Of 10 Years. For this year’s festival 15 professional sculptors carved 4000 tonnes of sand over 9 days to create the exhibition. Dedicating 8 hours a day to their sculptures! They are designed purely for Weston Sand Sculpture Festival so they cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.
The pictures don’t really do the sculpture much justice; when you see them in person you can see how intricate each detail is the sheer size of some of them too – it’s incredible to think how talented people are.
The exhibition is open until the 11th October so I’d 100% recommend a visit to it if you live near by! (I’ve just found out it’s been open since April 3rd this year and considering it’s an outdoor event, that’s flipping mental because they’ve been standing through ALL this weather!)
Have you been before? What’s your favourite sculpture?