9 september 2017

Sand sculptures

This year's theme of the Garderen Sand Sculpture Festival is "Explore Your Own Country". Dutch regions, buildings and famous attractions are exhibited as sand sculptures. These 2 photos picture some icons of the Efteling, a fantasy-themed amusement park in the town of Kaatsheuvel. The attractions are based on elements from ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore. The park opened in 1952 and in 2016 it was the third most visited theme park in Europe. I have never been there by the way ;)
The figure on the left (with his mouth open) is gobbler Hollow Bulging Gijs ('Hollebolle Gijs' in Dutch) from a Dutch children's song, who could eat a lot but stayed hungry all the time.

And looking over everybody's heads here is Long Neck ('Langnek'), a popular attraction from the Efteling's Fairytale Forest. It's a figure inspired by the Brothers Grimm. You may notice that his neck isn't that long here, the 'real' neck in the Efteling is 4.8 meters!

13 opmerkingen:

  1. I am sure kids love this park. And adults as well. : )

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  2. Ziet er goed uit. Hoop dat het een hollandse regenbui kan weerstaan.

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  3. Oh wow! They are fantastic Marleen, they are a wee bit like street art, here today and gone at some point in the near future ☺

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  4. How fantastic they are incredibly detailed!
    I suppose Langnek in sand was difficult to support but still is amazing!

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  5. So cool, Marleen- and I imagine it's a lot of work!

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  6. I've seen some sand sculptures here in Florida but these are amazing. I cannot imagine how someone can gain the skills to do such work. Thanks for sharing these most interesting photos!

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  7. Incredible! It's hard to believe these are made from sand.

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  8. The sand sculptures are incredible. That's a lot of work and very creative.

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