BATTLE lines were drawn in the sand today as sculptors from across the country converged on the iconic Surfers Paradise Foreshore to kick off the 2015 Australian Sand Sculpting Championships.
10 of Australia’s best professional sculptors will battle it out for the title king or queen of the castles using more than 160 tonnes of sand over three intense days of competition from Friday 13 February to Sunday 15 February.
Armed with a variety of tools, the sculptors have just 26 hours to create 10 tonne sculptures interpreting this year’s theme of ‘Magical Friendships’ featuring Disney.
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Sand Safari kicked off last week with the Sand Trail, where intricately carved sculptures have been popping up in public spaces across the Gold Coast, before culminating with the hugely successful Australian Sand Sculpting Championships.
Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said spectators are invited to Surfers Paradise to watch the country’s best sculptors in action as they battle it out.
“We’re expecting 100,000 people will visit the precinct throughout the event to see some of Australia’s most talented sculptors in action and to enjoy the local restaurants and retail precinct,” Mr Winlaw said.
“The Sand Sculpting Championships are a great element of the Sand Safari as people can come down to the Foreshore and watch the sculptures being created, as well as testing their own sand sculpting skills in the many workshops on offer.
“After the competition, the sculptures will remain on the foreshore for public viewing until Sunday 1 March, so there’s plenty of time for everyone to come along and enjoy the amazing works of art on display.”
Spectators are encouraged to vote for their favourite finished product for the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced alongside the King or Queen of the castles on Sunday.
From 18 – 22 February, visitors can also watch international sculptors from Canada and England at work as they build an interactive Disney sculpture on the Foreshore, which can be explored once complete.
Designed as an interactive event, there will be plenty of activities on offer for families and children alike including beachfront sand sculpting workshops and sand art activities.
The fourth annual Australian Sand Sculpting Championships are being held on the Surfers Paradise Foreshore from 13 – 15 February, with all sculptures staying in place until the end of Sand Safari on Sunday 1 March. The workshops and activities are on offer on the Foreshore from 13 February – 1 March.
For more information, please visit www.surfersparadise.com