One of Australia’s best-loved children’s books has been brought to life in Sand Sculpting Australia’s Animalia in Sand. Fifteen award-winning sculptors from around the globe have worked for more than 450 hours collectively to transform 3500 tonnes of sand into Graeme Base’s adored characters — from Ingenious Iguanas to Vaudeville Ventriloquist Vultures — along the wetlands and lush garden paths of Boneo Discovery Park.
Sand Sculpting Australia event manager Evie Wittingslow says: “Honouring Graeme’s magical characters has been a fanciful and spiritual experience for our team of sculptors. The characters from Animalia are very special and they seem right at home amongst our 27 acres (10.9ha) of wetlands and nature trails.
The exhibition will be complemented by BoneoDiscoveryPark, an augmented reality app that can be downloaded for iPhone or Android to bring each of the 26 sculptures to life and reveal hidden stories that make the exhibition just as immersive as the book. And by downloading the app you go into the draw to win an amazing action-packed weekend on the Peninsula.
The sand sculpting area will also feature sand art tables, workshops with sand sculpting sand and a mini-diggers play pit. There are also pedal boats, a snack bar kiosk and plenty of shady, grassy picnic spots for visitors to enjoy.
“Everyone should come to see this,” Evie says. “The things that can be created by great sand sculptors are just incredible — and the team that has created the works based on Animalia are international masters at their craft.”
Animalia in Sand is open daily from 10am-6pm until January 31, then daily from 10am-5pm until Thursday, April 30. All-day entry is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children aged 3-15, with children up to 2 admitted free of charge. Visit www.sandsculpting.com.au for tickets and more information, or phone 5988 6385.
BONEO DISCOVERY PARK
A: 698 Limestone Rd, Fingal