Elaborate sand sculptures carved for festival

Elaborate sand sculptures carved for festival

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A giant shark emerges several metres from the ground. It’s one of six large sculptures carved from sand as part of the 5th Sand Sculpture Festival in Szczecin. This year’s theme is “the deep sea” and artists have created a variety of sculptures including a sea horse, sea gods, a mermaid and even a well known pirate. Local children are also being given the chance to test their own creativity, carving from a huge lump of sand. They’re being guided professional sculptors. More than 400 tonnes of specialized sand has been shipped in for the festival. The artists use a range of tools to carve the sand and water helps to keep the structures intact as the sculptors work their magic.The Jack Sparrow sculpture is based on the main character from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, played by actor Johnny Depp. The tallest sculpture is 4.5 metres high.The exhibition will last until 20 August.