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Exclusive first look pictures of the biggest-ever sand sculpture festival on Weston-super-Mare seafront

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 April 2017

Sand Sculptures on Weston Beach.

Sand Sculptures on Weston Beach.

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Great white sharks, rats taller than buildings and a melting clock are just a few of the things you will see at the 13th Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival.

Sand Sculptures on Weston Beach. Sand Sculptures on Weston Beach.

The event is expected to be the ‘biggest’ and ‘best event’ to date as artists started sculpting last week.

Three festivals themes – royalty, four seasons and topsy-turvy – were put to the public vote in February.

Topsy-turvy had a landslide victory with more than 50 per cent of the votes.

Sculptor and organiser Nicola Wood said the artists were ‘excited’ by the theme which allowed them to ‘push the boundaries’ and create whatever they liked.

She added: “Topsy-turvy is a theme I have wanted to do for a long time.

“I work closely with the artists and they always try to push the boundaries.

“They always want to do something whacky, crazy and controversial so I wanted a theme which gave them freedom of expression but at the same time kept it fun, exciting and happy.

“The festival is the biggest we have had so far and we hope it will be the best event yet.”

Guests to the festival will also be able to vote for their favourite sculptures in a competition zone, where artists have gone head-to-head over four days to create their masterpieces.

Gresham Glover, from Florida, has been a sculptor for almost 20 years and has created one of the interactive sculptures in this year’s festival, where visitors can become part of the art.

He said: “I have a shark coming out of the sea in a very Jaws-like manner and there will be a boat which people can stand in.

“It has allowed me to vent my frustrations and show how sometimes things can go topsy-turvy very fast.”

The festival will open at 10am tomorrow (Friday) and will run until the end of September.

Entry is £3-10. For more information, visit www.westonsandsculpture.co.uk

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