By G. King - en.wikipedia.org: 11:54, 1. Feb 2004 . . Guyking (Talk) . . 300x355 (35607 Byte) (Sand castle sculpture), Public Domain,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67485
Once upon a time, in a magical tropical paradise, 15 world renowned artists turned a famous beach into a wonderland of fancy sculptures. Running over 17 days from mid-February to early March, the Sand Safari Arts Festival brings together art installations, larger than life exhibits and, of course, amazing sand sculptures.
In 2020, the SSAF theme is Fairy Tale Classics. Visitors can watch the sculptures take form between Friday, 14 February and Sunday 16 February, with the SSAF Award presentation to take place on 16 February at 5.30pm. For the rest of the festival, the public can vote on the People's Choice Award by making a gold coin donation, with the winner to announced Saturday, 29 February.
The Sand Safari Arts Festival provides a host of public art and entertainment in addition to the sand sculptures. American artists Joseph Bruges and Joshua Wilkinson present Harps of the City, eight giant harps hand-carved from wood, each with a different sound, while local artists Clayton Blake and Courtenay McCue will take over the beach with their sea creature inspired sculptures.
The festival continues with hands-on exhibits and events like the Artist Plaza, a multi-discipline hub where visitors can purchase artwork, The Castle of Ever After, offering readings, live music, games, and more, a magic mirror selfie prop and a chance for participants to get their hands dirty and create their own sand art.