Sand Fairytale Tree Grows by the Coast of Burgas

Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Posted by: Stefan Minchev

For a second time the Municipality of Burgas organizes the one of its kind Sand Sculptures Festival in Bulgaria. The place of the exhibition is the same as last year’s – near “Park” hotel at the Sea Garden.

This year a 8.5 m long fairytale tree will rise amid the sand town. There will be a nest on its top with two storks - symbol for happiness and hope not only for Bulgarians. The central composition will be sculptured together by all the participant artists in the festival. They are 18 and come from Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Netherlands, USA, Portugal and Bulgaria. The Bulgarian group includes three artists – Atanas Stoyanov, Lyubo Kotsev and Dobrin Vatev. They contribute to the realization to one of the main objectives of the festival – development of Bulgarian sand sculpture school.   

Citizens and guests of Burgas will have the opportunity to see 28 sculptures, some of which are composed of several figures. 

They are arranged in spiral form and the whole composition represents a sun-dial. Thus during the daytime the shadow of the tree will point one after another the surrounding sculptures. 

This year the sand used for the sculptures weights 3300 tonnes, which is 800 more than the previous. Some of the sculptures have already been completed. The invited authors have already unleashed their creativity and started to turn piles of sand into various mythical and fairytale creatures and also characters of modern pop culture. Visitors of the festival will have the chance to see and take a picture with Romeo and Juliette, characters from “Star Wars”, “Shreck”, “Ice Age”. 

The second edition of the festival will be opened on July 2nd by the disco legends Boney M, who will have a concert in Burgas on the same date. Tickets’ prices are: BGN 1 for children and BGN 3 for adults. Travel agencies have already stated their interest to include the exhibition in their services and it is expected that attendance will be high. For tourists’ convenience on the festival’s territory there will be a separate area for children, where they will  make their own sand  figures. There will be also souvenir stands and shops for drinks.

Sand sculptures festival will last till the middle of September.


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