Museum of sand sculptures opened in Tottori

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 土曜日, 4月 21, 2012 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

A museum that regularly exhibit sand sculptures opened in the city of Tottori.

The opening exhibition at the Sand Museum features sand sculptures on British themes created by 15 sand sculptors from 10 countries, in commemoration of the upcoming London Olympics.

The works made from sand from the Tottori Sand Dunes nearby, including a statue of Queen Elizabeth I, will be on display until Jan. 6 next year.

Exhibitions of sand sculptures have previously been held in the area in tents specially set up to house the pieces, but now works can be seen at the all-weather museum that was constructed at a cost of about 580 million yen.

Sand sculpturing is the art just carved on a mass of sand hardened with water. Big sculptures exhibited in the Museum need the construction of a pyramid-shaped wooden formwork to harden the sand.

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