Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Moving to Vancouver Island has been an amazing experience for me in so many ways...and that includes artistically. Now that it is summer here, there are many, many art events taking place which are wonderful and exciting to view. One that we recently attended was the annual Sand Sculpting in Parksville. In 1.5 days, close to 6000 spectators went to view the sculpting process of artists from around the world who flew in just to participate in the event. The theme for this year was "A Celebration of Music", and each person or team of two sculptors came up with their own interpretation of that theme. 

The competitors had 24 hours (over 3 days) to complete their masterpiece from sand and water (special sand is brought in for the event). They had to use all the sand they were given, and cover the entire space they were allotted for their use. Once the bell rang at the end of the 24 hours, the only thing they were allowed to do to complete the piece was spray it with a special combination of glue/water which protects the sculpture from wind, sun and rain damage. The sculptures are on display until August 17th, so they have to last for a total of just over 5 weeks.

We were there when the closing bell rang, and got pictures of most of the pieces as they were being sprayed. The winning sculpture for the solo artists was Helena Bangert from the Netherlands for a piece called Cosmic Dancer. The winner for the doubles went to Melineiger and Guy Benauregard (father and daughter team fro Quebec) for the piece Fly Me to the Moon (see 2 photos below). I loved Nature's Song as a solo entry, and agreed with Fly Me to the Moon as the winner for the duet entry.

I definitely have a very healthy respect for these artists. They fly around the world to participate in these events during the summer. Their next stop was in Australia I believe...what a life! :-)

Nature's Song

On a Finale Note

Hear me Mummy

Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon

Music Box Dancer

Stairway to Heaven

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