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Massive Sand Sculptures Bring Life Under the Sea to the Surface

Sondervig Sand Sculpture Festival Sand Sculptures

Photo: Karsten Nielsen

Every year, the beaches that line the resort town of Søndervig, Denmark are transformed into a sandy spectacle for the highly-anticipated Søndervig Sand Sculpture Festival. For this year's edition, artists have been asked to sculpt colossal works of art that exhibit a particularly fitting theme: “life under the sea.”

Spanning aquatic wildlife, underwater civilizations, fantastical figures, and even some particularly popular cartoon characters, the subject matter explored by this year's participants is simultaneously diverse and cohesive. While most of these creative motifs materialize as 4-meter-tall (~13 feet) stand-alone pieces, some of them appear as a part of the show's main attraction: a 200-meter-long, 7-meter-tall wall (200 ft. x 30 ft.). Featuring a collection of reliefs, this unique structure offers visitors an unconventional way to experience 3-dimensional sand sculptures.

Established and executed by 43-year-old Karsten Nielsen and Anni Nielsen, his 70-year-old mother, the Søndervig Sand Sculpture Festival started in 2003. In addition to ” immersing both children and adults in a spectacle full of life and adventure,” the festival aims to bring attention to environmental issues through its ongoing collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This pairing is particularly well-matched this year, as the festival's ocean-inspired theme directly “highlights the [WWF] organization's important work to protect the world's fish stocks and marine environment.”

In collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, the 2017 Søndervig Sand Sculpture Festival presents a collection of large-scale sand sculptures inspired by “life under the sea.”

Sondervig Sand Sculpture Festival Sand Sculptures


Sondervig Sand Sculpture Festival Sand Sculptures

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Sondervig Sand Sculpture Festival Sand Sculptures

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In addition to these individual works, this year's main attraction is a towering wall composed of intricately carved reliefs.

Sondervig Sand Sculpture Festival Sand Sculptures

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Sondervig Sand Sculpture Festival Sand Sculptures

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All images via Søndervig Sand Sculpture Festival unless otherwise stated.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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