Our very own Revere Beach is home to one of the most visually stunning events of the year. The International Sand Sculpting Festival is one of the largest sand art festivals in the country.
Every summer the town of Revere attracts nearly 900,000 visitors from all over the world to get a peak at these incredible creations – built from nothing but water and beach sand.
This year 15 artists from across the globe competed for cash prizes and the ultimate title.
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The sculptors are given four days to create their masterpieces.
Winners are chosen in different categories including the People’s Choice award where onlookers can vote for their personal favorites.
The 2017 winners were announced on July 23 with Pavel Mylnikov of Moscow, Russia taking first place with his moving sculpture titled “Soul Evolution.”
In 2nd Place, Jonathan Bouchard (Jobi) of Montreal, Canada’s piece “Two Energies” features two intricately carved bird-like creatures intertwined.
The third place winner and recipient of the Sculptor’s Choice Award was Andrius Petkus of Lithuania with his haunting sculpture, “In Justice We Trust.”
The backside of the sculpture features four frightened figures hiding from “justice”.
4th Place winner, Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island, Canada created a whimsical two-headed sculpture entitled “Dunkaroos!”
Leonardo Ugolini of Forli, Italy took 5th place with his scary creation, “The Monstrous Gorge.”
And the coveted People’s Choice title went to Paul Hoggard of Bulgaria for “Save the elephants.”
The Festival also featured live music, street performers, amusement rides, fireworks, and a food truck festival over the course of July 21 – 23.
The sculptures will remain – weather permitting – until the beginning of August so if you missed the festival you still have a chance to peruse these amazing art installations! Hurry before they’re gone!
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