17 April 2021
The theme of this year’s International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival, which is opened with a different concept every year in Antalya, is the lost city Atlantis. Some of the sculptures, which were worn out due to the winter conditions, will be repaired and new ones will be made instead. The festival, with over 100 sand sculptures, awaits foreign sculptors.
When sculptors could not come from abroad due to the corona virus epidemic last year, the work started early this year at the International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival, which opened the 2020 summer season late.
Festival Director Cem Karaca and his assistants made damage to the sculptures in the area. Some of the sculptures, some of which were torn off due to rain and wind, and some were destroyed, stood out. It was seen that the seeds that came on the statues due to the wind grew and formed a plant layer. ‘
Preparing a detailed report on which sculpture will be renovated and which will be demolished and renewed, Karaca said that the sculptor team will start working as of April 19. Reminding that preparations will be shaped according to pandemic precautions and restrictions, Karaca also gave information about the new concept.
Reminding that they spend the season with the same theme two years in a row, Karaca said, “We spent the 2019 and 2020 season with the theme of ‘World Wonders, Mythology and Sea Legends’ due to the pandemic. This year’s theme is Atlantis. Atlantis will rise on the sand, not on the sea.” Karaca gave the following information about the work to be done: “This year, we are starting a new adventure with the theme of Atlantis. Sculptures of the mysterious world of the city of Atlantis, never seen before, completely imaginative, will attract the attention of children and adults.
We are starting the work in the field. We will open it to visitors from the beginning of the season. Some of our sculptures have minor damages, we can fix them. Many of them will be destroyed. This is the philosophy on which the art of sand sculpture is based. The art of sand sculpture is based on a philosophy that everything is temporary. We will restore the sculptures with minor damage with little touches and exhibit them this year as well. But the majority will be renewed. “We will have good moments with a good tourism season this year,” he said.