The Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival has been held since 2008 to promote sand sculpting art in Taiwan. This year’s festival, like previous years, takes place on the 3-kilometer-long golden beach between Yanliao (鹽寮) and Fulong (福隆) on Taiwan’s northeast Coast from May 6 to July 9.
Watch this video of the 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival:
To celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, 22 sculptors from 14 countries, including, Taiwan, the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Bulgaria, Ukraine, India, China, and Peru are taking part in the Sand Sculpture Art Festival this year. And a total of 80 amazing sand sculptures are displayed at the event.
The most striking work at this year’s festival is a sand castle with a height of 43 ft (13 meters). It is Taiwan’s tallest-ever sand sculpture. The idea of the castle is said to come from a 10-year-old girl’s dream, and it took the sculptors 15 days to complete the castle. What’s even more intriguing is that the character featuring the popular movie Spider Man is lurking on the balcony of the castle.
The 22 artists from overseas participated in the international competition to create “hero” themed sand sculptures. Among them, the sand sculpture depicting a legendary samurai created by Toshihito Hosaka from Japan won the first prize and the golden shovel award. British sand artist Rachel Clara Stubb won second place for “Charles Darwin,” and Remy Greets from the Netherlands received third prize for “Athena: The Brave Goddess of Protection.”
In addition, 20 local teams are taking part in the domestic competition with the theme of “Treasures of the Town of Golden Sands — Charming Fulong” to showcase Fulong’s best features with sand.
On May 20 and June 17, a well-known local sand sculptor will conduct two sand sculpture classes respectively on sand-building techniques and aesthetic views of sand sculptures. Participants can learn how to have fun through sand sculpturing and build a glorious sand castle of their own.
The white and fine quartz sand at Fulong Beach has outstanding texture and becomes highly malleable and bonds easily after it is mixed with water. For this reason, the beach is considered to be the best in Taiwan for sand sculpting by the World Sand Sculpting Association.
The Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival has become increasing popular over the years, and has attracted artists from Taiwan and abroad to express their passion. Many people just like to visit Fulong to appreciate the artwork and spend a fun-filled day on the beach in the summer time.