Last Sunday, we ventured over to the FiESA 2011 sand sculpture exhibition in Pera, in the central Algarve.
This annual event is an international exhibition of sand sculptures, and the huge scale of it is hard to describe. You really have to see it for yourself.
Animalandia is this year´s theme, and sculptors from all over the world have produced what can only be described as a town full of animal-based works touching on themes including mythology, local traditions and popular culture.
I’m not big on arty stuff. As an example of my philistine nature, a walk around the Tate Modern leaves me cold, and with little to say beyond “meh.” Despite this, I was rather awestruck, both by the scale of the exhibition and the humbling realisation of just how much work these artists must have to put into these sculptures, created using nothing but layered sand and water.
I heartily recommend a trip to this event, which is open right up until October and late into the evening throughout the summer. In fact, we ourselves plan to go again at night, to see the works illuminated by the array of lighting equipment which is discretely incorporated into the designs.
I was really blown away by the fact you could easily spend hours looking at each of these works and still miss some of the intricate detail, and very much look forward to my repeat visit, where I won´t feel as pressured to see absolutely everything, and can therefore spend more time concentrating on my favourites.
Given that I am saying that, as someone who doesn’t really “do” art, it should come as a strong recommendation. If you are in the Algarve between now and October, pop over to FiESA and spend a couple of hours at this wonderful sand sculpture exhibition.