SNEAK PEEK: Take a look at some of the artwork in the Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 April 2017

The artists for this year's Weston Sand Sculpture Festival on top of the biggest sculpture this year.

The artists for this year's Weston Sand Sculpture Festival on top of the biggest sculpture this year.

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Work on Weston-super-Mare’s 13th annual Sand Sculpture Festival has begun and artists are going topsy-turvy this year.

Eda Kaytan, aged 35, with one of her unfinished sand sculptures. Picture: Eleanor YoungEda Kaytan, aged 35, with one of her unfinished sand sculptures. Picture: Eleanor Young

Sculptors from around the world have gathered on the town’s seafront to create sandy masterpieces in preparation for the opening next week.

Organiser and sculptor Nicola Wood said: “Topsy-turvy is a theme I have wanted to do for a long time because (the artists) are always look for ways to push the boundaries and do something wacky, political or controversial.

Gresham Glover, aged 42, with his unfinished Jaws-themed sand sculpture. Picture: Eleanor YoungGresham Glover, aged 42, with his unfinished Jaws-themed sand sculpture. Picture: Eleanor Young

“I wanted a theme which gave them a real freedom of expression but at the same time wanted to keep it fun, exciting and happy.

“I felt the theme married the two things together – it was free and it was fun.”

Radovan Zivny with, what will be, the tallest sculpture in the festival. Picture: Eleanor YoungRadovan Zivny with, what will be, the tallest sculpture in the festival. Picture: Eleanor Young

The theme was decided by Mercury readers during a vote in February, with more than 50 per cent of people choosing the winning topic.

The festival will open on April 14 and will remain open until the end of September.


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