- by GI Magazine
- Oct 04, 2022
MIDDELKERKE, Belgium, July 8 (Reuters) - Belgium has a festival of sand sculptures. A seashore display featuring more than 50 carved dinosaurs has debuted on Belgium's coast after a month of scraping, carving, and smoothing 6,000 tons of sand.
The sand that would serve as the bases for the towering dinosaur sculptures, including the Velociraptor, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and others, took a dozen people ten days to compact, according to Bob van Iperen, the event manager for the Middelkerke "Dinos in the Sand" festival.
Artists from 30 different nations gathered on the beach to finish their sculptures in anticipation of the festival, which runs from July to September and includes guided tours by a paleontologist, an excavation zone, and events for kids about dinosaurs. A group of 30 sand carvers from around the world spent four weeks creating more than 50 enormous sand sculptures for the Sand Sculpture Festival "Dinos in the Sand" in Middelkerke.
Dinosaurs in the sand will be a major theme for the 2022 edition. Approximately 4,000 tons of sand were utilized to create the sculptures in 2021. Since dinosaurs were enormous, they will add an additional 2,000 tons to that to produce even more and larger statues. Along with the well-known dinosaurs like the T-Rex and the Stegosaurus, expect to see archaeological settings and other odd discoveries. In any case, it will be stunning!