THE 2013 Windsor International Sand Sculpting Competition was officially open to the public today along the banks of the Hawkesbury River at Howe Park.
Some 360 tonnes of sand was delivered to Howe Park last Friday, and artists taking part in this year’s event set to work creating their sculptures yesterday.
At this stage of the event ticket holders can enter and watch as the artists get to work carving their sculptures.
The theme of the competition is ‘Fairytales and Fables’ and the winners will be announced on Sunday, January 13.
Then, from January 14 until January 28, the competition entries will be on display so you can wander through the event at your leisure.
During this fortnight, two sculptors will also be on site creating display pieces using 60 tonnes of sand so you can see how it is done.
You can also vote for your favourite sculpture in the ‘People’s Choice’ competition — with the winner announced on the event’s last day.
To say the lead up to this year’s much awaited Windsor International Sand Sculpting Competition has gone off without a hitch would be a massive overstatement.
The event was close to folding twice and organisers were still struggling to recruit local volunteers last week and sponsorship was hard fought.
But with good weather predicted and crowds already forming around Howe Park; this year’s event is warming up to the biggest yet.
Sculptors Jaap Tichler, Jino Van Bruinessen and Yves Geraedts were on site to see the sand arrive last Friday and all expressed their delight in returning for the event again.
Mr Bruinessen said he expects more impressive work from the artists this year, and said winning the event was like the lottery.
“It’s really up to the judges and what they like. All the sculptures are winners, but to actually win the event would be like winning the lotto ... it’s just luck,” he said.
■ For more information about the event or to volunteer contact Hawkesbury Visitor Information centre on 4578 0233 or visit Riverview Shopping Centre, Windsor.