Sand sculpting Championship 2013/2014
This was our third time to witness sand sculpting competition here in Winsor, New South Wales, the historic town at the foot of the Blue Mountains; it is also the third time it was held here.
The theme of the competition this year is “The Lost World”.
This year’s theme
We went here on the 29th of December, the day the finished sand sculptures were to be judged. But we still saw most of the sculptors still laying finishing touches to their own works. At around half passed ten in the morning when I heard the program coordinator announcing to all participating sculptors that their time was up, and to a couple of sculptors I saw still fixing their works I heard one of them say that the rulings were so strict. I think they got limited times, the four days allotted for them was really not that enough to finish a good quality sand sculpting work.
There were still heaps of people patronizing the competition in spite of the fact that entry fees gone up a couple of dollars. Around ninety percent of sand sculptors were the competitors for the last two years here at Winsor, and likewise most of them were Europeans, Americans, and Australian. Children’s activities include sand art, sand bottles, giant sand pit, plus the new activities including sand pens, the sand digger and the Lego play zone.
Sculptures were just finished at that day we were here.
Again, People were allowed to vote for their favourite sculpture with the People’s Choice winner to be announced on Australia Day – 26th January 2014.
The photos of the individual entries or works to this competition are all in my photo gallery at the sidebar.
At Bondi Beach, Sydney.
For the 17th year, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, at Bondi, was back again. But this was my first time to witness such an exhibition because the advertisement at this time reached that far and wide in New South Wales, and it was effective. I witnessed the multitude of people rushing at the bus and train stations eager to ride and reach Bondi the soonest, and then at Bondi car parks were full, too.
An impressive work.
The spectacular sculptures were spread out from Bondi to the Tamarama coastal walk in a two kilometer stretch featuring over a hundred works by artists from Australia and across the world. Because of the huge number of people, crowds, cramped walkways, blocked stairways were the results and taking photos were quite difficult especially if a sculpture attracts people’s attention and deemed good for photography. To view them all, one must be fit enough to walk up and down the coastal walkways for the two kilometer display and had applied sun screen to their exposed body parts to the sun, for at that day was hot above thirty degrees centigrade. The exhibition was held last 24 October – 10 November 2013.
Sandsculpting competition 2013
It was our second year to attend the International Sand sculpting Championship held in Winsor, New South Wales, the first one was last year.
Last year, all the entries to the championship show was already done and ready for public viewing and judgement but this year it wasn’t due to bad weather, and so when it was now the time for all the entries for public viewing, most of them were still in the act of being completed by their respective sculptors or artists. I voted for the entry (above photo) to win but after judgement day, it didn’t get any place, and the photo below got the first place instead. With a passion for arts I admire and salute the sculptors especially those whose entries got awards and recognition in the competition. There were two Australians sculptors and all the rest were Europeans and Americans. By the way, the girl in the above photo is an American sculptor.
There are more photos in my photo gallery, you can view them at the sidebar.
The winning entry for this year’s competition.