Preparations for the international sand sculpture festival FIESA 2012 will start next week, with around 50 sculptors from around the world working to transform 35,000 tonnes of sand into gigantic sculptures ready for the official opening on May 25.
FIESA, held for the 10th consecutive year in Pêra, is this year taking the theme of ‘Idols’ as a tribute to notable celebrities – either cinema or sports stars, fashion icons or politicians – who have left a mark on society.
This year, a new layout of the exhibition space will be presented, with visitors able to admire the show from a different dimension, with pathways constructed through the actual sculptures, some of which will reach a height of 12 metres.
The festival, which runs until October, can be visited daily between 10am to midnight during the summer months, from 10am to 9pm from May 25 to June 29 and from 10am to 8pm from September 16 to October 25.
FIESA is considered to be the largest exhibition of sand sculptures in the world with a construction area of 15,000 square metres.