Images From the International Sand Sculpture Festival in Taiwan

The character featuring the popular movie Spider Man  is lurking on the balcony of the 13-meter-high sand castle at the 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival in Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)
The character featuring the popular movie Spider Man is lurking on the balcony of the 13-meter-high sand castle at the 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival in Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

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.

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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 sand sculpture of a legendary Japanese samurai created by Toshihito Hosaka wond the first prize at the 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival in Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

The sand sculpture of a legendary Japanese samurai created by Toshihito Hosaka wins the first prize at the  International Sand Sculpture Festival. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

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.

British sand artist Rachel Clara Stubb wins the second place for his work titled "Darwin‧" (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

British sand artist Rachel Clara Stubb won second place for his work titled ‘Charles Darwin‧’ (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

 

 Remy Greets from the Netherlands receives the third prize for Athena: The Brave Goddess of Protection. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Remy Greets from the Netherlands received third prize for  his ‘Athena: The Brave Goddess of Protection.’ (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

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.”

A big King Kong sand sculpture at the 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival in northeast Taiwan (Image: Juliet Fu/ Vision Times)

A giant King Kong sand sculpture at the 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival in northeast Taiwan. (Image: Juliet Fu/Vision Times)

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.

The 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival in northeast Taiwan (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

The Millennial Tree sand sculpture at the 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

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 sand sculpture of the fairy in Irish folklore at the 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival. (Image: Juliet Fu/ Vision Times)

The sand sculpture of a fairy from Irish folklore displayed at the 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival. (Image: Juliet Fu/Vision Times)

A Baroque-styled sand sculpture titled "Blessings from Angels" is displayed at 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

A Baroque-styled sand sculpture entitled ‘Blessings from Angels’ is displayed at 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

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 sand sculpture for late Hong Kong martial arts movie star Bruce Lee is displayed at the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival in Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

The sand sculpture for late Hong Kong martial arts movie star Bruce Lee is displayed at the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival in Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

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.

The 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival in northeast Taiwan (Image: Billy Shyu)

The 3-kilometer-long beach between Yanliao and Fulong on Taiwan’s northeast coast is a perfect location for sand sculpting.  (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

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