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Sand Sculpture Festival-2018

Sand Sculpture Festival-2018 "WORLD MASTERPIECES" will give guests and residents of Saint-Petersburg a chance to admire the cultural heritage of different countries, gathered together in the heart of our city.

In the heart of St. Petersburg on the beach of Peter and Paul fortress again grew a huge sand city. The annual exhibition of sand sculptures will open traditionally in the end of May. Sand Sculpture Festival in Peter and Paul fortress is one of the brightest events of summer season on Saint-Petersburg.

The list of sculptures presented at the festival includes such world heritage reproduced in sand sites as the carved Milan Cathedral, the mysterious Mayan pyramid, the Colossus of Rhodes, Great Wall of China, the mysterious Egyptian Sphinx and the sculptures of Ramses II, which became symbol of Egypt along with the pyramids. The Central and the highest composition of the Sand Sculpture Festival-2018 will be the Church of the Transfiguration from the world-famous Kizhi island in Karelia, assembled without a single nail. This sculpture will be a record high for all the years of the Sand Sculptures Festival in St. Petersburg, and will be as much as TEN meters high!!! This choice was made by the organizers to outline the antiquity and immortality of the great creations of human hands, while their sand copies are short time masterpieces.

Every year the technology of creating sand sculptures becomes more complex and interesting. This year, sculptors will present for the first time a three-dimensional version of the most famous paintings in the form of complex panoramic compositions. This interpretation of the paintings has not been shown ever before at any of sand sculpture festival all over the world! The sculptors will show the audience their vision of masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Ilya Repin, Alphonse Mucha. One of the most striking exhibits reflecting the creative idea of the festival will be the painting of Salvador Dali "The Persistence of Memory", also known as "Melting clocks", in this case, made entirely of sand - fragile material, dissolving in an endless river of time.

However, are sand sculptures really such fragile? In this season the Sand Sculptures Festival in the Peter and Paul fortress will stay during three and a half months. Indeed long-time experience of Sand Sculpturing lets the organizers build compositions capable to bear whims of the Saint-Petersburg weather and several months of display. So there is no doubt that they will retain their original appearance until the end of the Festival in the mid of September.

  • 25th May - 30 th September 2018