20 sculptors from nine different countries have arrived in Weston super Mare, armed with shovels, trowels and an array of specialist tools ahead of this years sand sculpture festival.
They've hit the beach and have now begun turning 5000 tonnes of Weston’s beach sand into what are apparently the most controversial and honest sculptures in the event’s history by addressing issues such as Brexit, climate change, deforestation, religion and the plastic epidemic.
Artistic Leader Nicola Wood said “Out of the current doom and gloom comes an opportunity to create great art; art that inspires and art that communicates important messages and we are grabbing that bull by the horns. It will be fun and educational but also awe-inspiring. The artists are some of the best in the world and what is appearing already is magical and very moving”
This year’s theme is “What If?” and is exhibiting interpretations of the hypothetical question from many different angles.
Not only will they be pricking our conscience and provoking conversation but they will also allow us to interact with the pieces, learn about their intricate process and even have a go at crafting them ourselves. The public will also have the important job of voting for a winner.
Event Organiser Alec Messchaert adds “Some of the sculptures are simply fun and beautiful. It’s hard to pick a favourite at this early stage so I’ll hold judgment until next week on Friday but “What If Building were made of Jelly?” is already a solid choice!”
The event opens to the public on Good Friday at 10am, and will then be open right up until the end of September
Tickets cost £4 for adults, and £3 for children - Family tickets will also be available at £10.