A sand sculpture exhibition aimed to target environmental conservation and species protection issues is about to take place in Germany.
A total of 25 sand sculptors from eleven different European countries have gathered in the Travemunde seaside resort in the city of Lubeck in Germany for the annual sand exhibition themed as “Flora and fauna.”
Over 60 sculptures will be displayed at the exhibition which started on Monday (21st May) on a 2,500-square-metre boatshed (27,000 square feet) located at the Baltic Sea port in the resort.
According to the organisers, aside from smaller exhibitions of the same kind in sea resorts Warnemunde and Binz in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the current one in Travemunde is the largest one in the world.
Additionally, it is the third sand sculpture show in the Baltic Sea resort ever since its premiere in 2019.
The sculptors’ motifs include various animal kingdom representatives including elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions and leopards, as well as many different herbal specimens.
Exhibition director Oliver Hartmann said: “The show is not only intended for entertainment but should also draw attention to nature conservation and species protection.”
The sculptures, which are mostly several metres high, were created by international artists mostly familiar as sand carvers.
According to the official rules, the sculptures may only be moistened by water during and after they are built and are supposed to last until the end of the exhibition on 31st October 2021.
Travemunde where the exhibition is taking place has been a seaside resort since 1802, and is Germany’s largest ferry port on the Baltic Sea with connections to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Latvia and Estonia.
In addition, its lighthouse is the oldest on the German Baltic coast, dating back to 1539.
Guests who would like to visit the exhibition have to present either a negative COVID-19 test, a valid vaccination certificate or a proof of COVID-19 recovery.
According to the organisers, these rules apply to children above the age of six.
The exhibition is open every day from 10am to 6pm.
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