Commemorating its 10th year, Sand Sculpturing Australia is presenting yet another artistic, imaginative and nostalgic display of sand sculpturing on the Frankston Waterfront. The creations of 22 sand sculptors, both Australian (7) and international ( Canada, England, Portugal, USA, Netherlands, Latvia, Belgium, Ireland and the Czech Republic) have utilised their considerable talents to transform 3,500 tonnes of heavy or brickies sand into17 massive sand sculptures, all depicting life beneath the waves.
Unlike normal beach sand, "heavy" sand grains are square and therefore adhere to each other better. Adding nothing else but water, these artisans have converted huge piles of solid sand into sculptures such as the Octopus Garden, the Mechanical Whale, Battlefish, Feeding Frenzy and the "Bergs" as well as The Dead Sea, Seaport Village, Mermaids, Poseidon and Atlantis.
Further meandering will bring you to the Under the Sea exhibit, the Dolphin Dance, the Shipwreck, The Sign of the Seahorse Cafe and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea themes.
This is accompanied by 4 verses of a poem that describes everything that happens under the surface of the sea from whales, sharks, dolphins and seals to crabs, kelp, coral, ships and submarines.
Mechanical Whale: Whales are the giants of the sea and are mammals although shaped like fish. The exhibit displays many different types from the small harbour whales to large blue whales.
Battlefish: This theme is derived from the popular video game where the fish are armed with weapons to protect themselves.
Octopus Garden: Inspired by the Beatles song. Ringo Starr was fascinated by the strange behaviour of the octopus travelling along on the ocean floor, picking up stones and shiny objects from the sea bed to build its fortress or "garden". Did you know that an octopus has three hearts?
Theme is derived from a great white shark attack on Rodney Fox while defending his Australian Spearfishing title in 1953.
The "Bergs" While the terrain appears inhospitable, many different kinds of animals live in and on the ice. Those that live near the poles adapt to the cold and feed on fish and algae from the frozen seas. Seals, polar bears, penguins, birds, worms, and insects live on icebergs that can weigh up to several million tons.
The Dead Sea Sea witches are part of European folklore and have been believed to be used by sailors to control the moon, tides and weather. The high mineral and salt content of the Dead Sea in Israel, makes it impossible for fish or plants to live in it
These are usually locations on the coast where ships dock and people and goods are transferred. They often contain support and storage facilities and are sometimes used in a military role.
Legendary magical creatures with women's upper body and a fish tail. In Greek mythology, they were associated with sirens, said to have lured sailors onto the rocks to shipwreck them.
The Sign of the Seahorse Cafe:
This theme is from a popular children's story book which tells the tale of the Seahorse Cafe and it's inhabitants, Pearl Trout, her brother Finneus and Bert the soldier crab who try to protect their coral reef.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Classic tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus . The distance travelled while under the sea was 20,000 leagues, hence the title (not the depth of that the Nautalis travelled)
God of the Sea, Poseidon was one of seven children who divided the power of the world. Poseidon ruled the sea, Zeus the sky and Hades, the Underworld. Poseidon is said to have lived on the ocean floor in a coral and gem palace and rode in a chariot pulled by horses.
Dolphins are marine mammals related to whales and porpoises and live mainly in shallow seas. Largest is the Killer Whale and the most common is the Bottlenose Dolphin. They are highly intelligent and can live up to 50 years
Said to be the lost city that sank beneath the sea. Believed by some to be the home of civilisation and an earthly paradise. To others, it's merely a fable invented by the Greek philosopher, Plato
The United Nations estimates that there are more than 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean's floor. There are more than 8000 wrecks off the coast of Australia but only a quarter of these have been found.
The Reef Builders
Depicts life on the Great Barrier Reef inhabitants of which include 17 species of sea snakes, 6 species of sea turtles, over 1500 species of fish and 330 species of ascidians. Many are depicted in this exhibit.
Fish have been on earth for more than 500 million years and there are 25,000 known species. The largest is the great white shark and the smallest, the Phillipine goby.
There is the opportunity for several hours of fun and interest for everyone from the tiny tots to grandma and grandad. For the littlies, there are two large mechanical sand diggers and an expanded sandpit. The roped off section right next door is for parents to lounge in the deck chairs while supervising the children.
If you prefer to be in under the shade, try out the Summer Chill and Lego zones.
26th December to 28th April 2013- open every day
Dec & Jan -10am -7pm
Feb-April - Mon-Thurs -10am -4pm & Fri- Sun-10am-6pm
Adults $ 12:50 Conc $ 10 Children (U3 free) 3-12 yrs $9
Family $38 & extra child $6. Groups are catered for.
Getting there: Train or bus from almost everywhere in the state. The Waterfront is an easy 10minute walk from the station. Ample car parking available at the foreshore.