At the 17th International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival held in Antalya this year, the sculptors were inspired by “A Space Adventure” as a theme. While the SpaceX Dragon capsule in the field was made in exact dimensions using 60 tons of sand, a statue of Elon Musk was made in front of it.
At the International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival, which was held for the 17th time with the theme of “A Space Adventure” this year in Antalya, the final stage of the construction of the sculptures within the scope of the theme has come. The preparations for the new season have come to an end at the festival, which is held on an area of 7 thousand square meters at Lara Public Beach and attracts many local and foreign visitors every year. In the festival, where sculptures on the theme of a Space Adventure are included, the process that has been followed since the beginning of humanity’s adventure on the road to space is discussed. In addition, important scenes of various space movies will be animated with sculptures.
In addition to the statues of Leonardo Da Vinci, who made the first space drawings, Galileo, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, Wright Brothers, Montgolfier Brothers, important scenes from unforgettable space movies, Star Trek, Star Wars, Guardians Of The Galaxy will also be animated. .
Although the statues were not completed, it was seen that some visitors started touring the area.
Festival coordinator Cem Karaca stated that the International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival was held for the 17th time this year with the theme of ‘A space adventure’.
Noting that this year they aim to create an entertaining space by giving the visitors chronological developments on the way to space, Karaca said, “Our visitors are the statue of Leonardo Da Vinci, who makes space drawings, the statue of Galileo’s first space observations, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, to the Moon. The statue of Neil Armstrong will be the first to set foot. The Wright brothers, the airship, the Montgolfier Brothers, then we’ll get into space movies. We will reenact important scenes from unforgettable space movies, Star Trek, Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy,” he said.
“There Will Be Fun Activities For Visitors”
Expressing that all the sculptures in the 7 thousand square meter area have been demolished and this year’s concept has begun to be revealed, Karaca said, “We will complete it until May 1 and open our doors to our visitors. When the theme is space, we will have surprises for those who complete the visit. One of them will be enlarged up to the crater of the moon with powerful telescopes and we will offer the opportunity to watch it live on the giant screen. If there is no moon, we will watch various galaxies. We will teach the differences between microscopes and sand in a special area for children. Our sand sculpture workshops will continue,” he said.
Stating that the important thing in sand sculpture art is that the same sand can be reused, Cem Karaca said, “There is approximately 10 thousand tons of sand in our area. We revived works with different themes using the same sand. We work in teams of around 25. We also have a record attempt, we have a sand field approximately 50 meters long. All of our artists here are thinking of creating a great work about the solar system in one day. If we can finish it by the evening, we will make our application to the Guinness World Records. In one day, maybe it will be recorded as the work done on the longest sand wall in the world.”
“Around 150 Sculptures”
Karaca stated that there will be around 150 statues and statuettes in 40 themes.
Underlining that the reservations in tourism are very promising this year, Karaca said, “There may be a problem in the Russian and Ukrainian markets, but the British market is on the rise. Germany is in very good shape. A holiday is a necessity, it needs to be met. This year, we aim to have a successful season with the effect of the domestic market.”