Celebrating 14 years of sand art in Weston ? part one

Sculptor Joris Kivits working on the giant gorilla the year the festival started. Picture: DAVID KEN

Sculptor Joris Kivits working on the giant gorilla the year the festival started. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD - Credit: Archant

One of the most eagerly-awaited events in Weston’s calendar would have been unveiled to an excited audience at the beginning of the month, if it were not for the coronavirus crisis bringing the 2020 summer season to a crashing halt.

Sand Sculpture on Weston Beach. Thomas Koet from the Netherlands.11-7-08

Sand Sculpture on Weston Beach. Thomas Koet from the Netherlands.11-7-08 - Credit: Archant

The Weston Sand Sculpture Festival would have been celebrating its 15th anniversary at its seafront venue this year, with international sculptors having dreamed up marvellous creations to the theme above and beyond. The apt theme, given the current situation, was due to celebrate historical achievements, space travel and unsung heroes.

But as the Mercury reported on March 20, organisers have postponed the festival ‘until further notice’, hoping to reschedule it for later in the season.

So instead of being able to see a plethora of new sand art, revealing glimpses into the quirky imaginations of the talented artists, we have decided to take a look back over the creations of previous years. We give thanks to the many sculptors who have showcased their skills, taken the time to talk to visitors about their craft and brought the exhibition to the hearts of Weston visitors and residents alike, as well as garnering global, critical acclaim.

Sand Sculpture on Weston Beach. Leonardo Ugolini from Italy.11-7-08

Sand Sculpture on Weston Beach. Leonardo Ugolini from Italy.11-7-08 - Credit: Archant

It all began as a single sculpture in 2006 when members of the World Sand Sculpting Academy transformed around 20 tonnes of the resort’s sand into the giant head of King Kong on the Beach Lawns over five days.


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The event was the first of its kind in Weston and stayed in place until September, thanks to sponsorship from The Grand Pier and Wookey Hole.

The following summer saw a fairytales theme, when almost 30,000 people, including school groups, from across the world visited, when it was held again on the Beach Lawns. It moved to its current spot in between the pier and former aquarium in 2008 with an oceans theme.

The Beatles were celebrated as Great Britons in 2010. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD

The Beatles were celebrated as Great Britons in 2010. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD - Credit: Archant

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In 2010 the theme was Great Britain.

Next week’s Mercury will feature more fantastic pictures of the thought-provoking creations from 2010-2015.

Sand Sculpture on Weston Beach. Anique Kuizenga from the Netherlands and Nicola Wood from Leicester1

Sand Sculpture on Weston Beach. Anique Kuizenga from the Netherlands and Nicola Wood from Leicester11-7-08 - Credit: Archant

Sand sculptures on Weston seafront.Nicola Wood, Lucas Brugsemann, William Tew, Emily Lansdon-Jones

Sand sculptures on Weston seafront.Nicola Wood, Lucas Brugsemann, William Tew, Emily Lansdon-Jones - Credit: Archant

A satirical deptiction of some well-known royals graced the 2010 exhibition celebrating a Great Bri

A satirical deptiction of some well-known royals graced the 2010 exhibition celebrating a Great Britain theme. Picture: DAVID KENNIFORD - Credit: Archant

American sculptors Jill Harris and Thomas Koet created this masterpiece in 2010. Picture: DAVID KENN

American sculptors Jill Harris and Thomas Koet created this masterpiece in 2010. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD. - Credit: Archant

American sculptors Jill Harris and Thomas Koet with their creation in 2010. Picture: DAVID KENNEFOR

American sculptors Jill Harris and Thomas Koet with their creation in 2010. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD - Credit: Archant

Lord Nelson was the inspiration for this masterpiece in 2010. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD

Lord Nelson was the inspiration for this masterpiece in 2010. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD - Credit: Archant

A humourous look at the monarchy during the 2010 festival. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD

A humourous look at the monarchy during the 2010 festival. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD - Credit: Archant

Sculptor Nicola Wood introduces her inspiration, William Shakespeare, in 2010. Picture: DAVID KENNE

Sculptor Nicola Wood introduces her inspiration, William Shakespeare, in 2010. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD - Credit: Archant

Sand Festival 01 ; Baldrick Buckle Little Britain , Great british theme Sand Festiv

Sand Festival 01 ; Baldrick Buckle Little Britain , Great british theme Sand Festival 19-05-10 PIp - Credit: Archant

Sculptors Leonardo Ugolini from Italy working on their creations in 2007. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD

Sculptors Leonardo Ugolini from Italy working on their creations in 2007. Picture: DAVID KENNEFORD - Credit: Archant

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