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Stories Told In Sand

By Rebecca Richmond

About 100,000 people are expected to visit Frankston Waterfront’s sandsculpting exhibition this year. The sandsculpting exhibition, Story Land, brings to life characters and scenes from popular books such as Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Mr Men series in the form of sand sculptures.

The Frankston Waterfront exhibition, which runs for four months and is open until late April, features creations by 19 Australian and international sculptors. Frankston South sculptor Peter Redmond has carved characters from children’s book Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy. “With sculpting, I enjoy the process of starting with nothing and ending up with a beautiful creation,” Redmond said. “Also, being able to have people appreciate what you do in real time… that’s what I really enjoy about this.”

Redmond became involved in the 2006 sand sculpting event in Rye. He manages the Frankston event and repairs and maintains the sculptures. Frankston City mayor Darrel Taylor anticipated more than 100,000 people would visit the sand sculptures this year, and that it was great for businesses. He said the event added millions to the Frankston economy and had created 66 long-term jobs.

Fun Facts:
Sand is recycled and reused from previous exhibitions.
The sand comes from the Graham Quarry in Langwarrin.
The sand used contains silt and clay. Water is used to make the particles stick together.

The Story Land sandsculpting exhibition is open daily from 10am until April 27
Details: 1300 322 842 or sandsculpting.com.au
Source: Frankston Leader

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