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How do we do it?

Sand sculpture festivals inspire, surprise and enchant the public, regardless of age, gender or background. Those who encounter sand sculptures are struck by both the sheer scale of the sculptures and the intricate detail and artistic skill that goes into each one. But there are a few questions that we always get asked, and which fascinate both the public and the media alike.

So what are those ‘frequently asked questions’?

Yes, the park is wheelchair/pushchair accessible.

Yes, dogs are allowed in the park as long as they are on a lead.

Yes! They really are only sand and water. In general the sand grains have to be sharp edged, and it is this property that makes river sand so suitable for sculpting (don’t worry, you wont cut your feet on the sand, it’s a very, very small sharp edge!). This structure makes the sand “click” together when the sand is mixed with plenty of water and compacted into a dense mass. We do this compacting by building pyramids of sand by using wooden frames, which are of course removed before sculpting! There is absolutely no framework inside!

We get wet! Nothing happens to the sculptures - they are surprisingly robust. The rainwater drains into the sand and evaporates when (if!) it stops raining. During severe rainstorms, the horizontal surfaces might show little dents where the raindrops hit the surface, but this will not affect the whole sculpture. They can be easily repaired if wear and tear should occur.

It is not hairspray, egg white or concrete! Because we want the sculptures to stand for a long time (and because the weather in Antalya is very unpredictable) we spray an environmentally friendly screen solution over the surface when they are completely finished. This does not stick the sculptures together, make them stronger or make them waterproof, it simply adds a thin skin to the outer surface of the sculptures to repel some rain and to stop it soaking in and causing collapses!

When a sand sculpture is created outdoors it will easily last several months. In fact the outdoor record is more than a year! When built indoors, there is no reason that a sand sculpture won’t last forever!

For this year’s festival 15 professional sculptors will carve 4000 tonnes of sand over 9 days to create the exhibition. They will carve for 8 hours a day. It’s hard work, trust us! 

NO! These sculptures have been designed and created especially for the Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival. They are one of a kind and will not be seen anywhere else so miss it and miss out!

Yes! When we are carving the sculptures we use very wet sand as this helps us to shape and mould it. However, this also means that the sand is at its most vulnerable and that we do get the odd collapse here and there. And yes, this is very annoying! Once they are fully dried out we are pretty sure that if you drove your car into them, you would do more damage to your car! However, please don’t try this.

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