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Sandtastic Beasts: Sand Sculpture Masterpieces In Wildlife Exhibition

A singular art show is raising awareness of conservation.

A sand sculpture exhibition targeting environmental concerns opened May 21 in Lubeck, Germany.

A total of 25 sand sculptors from 11 European countries have gathered in the Travemunde resort for the third annual sand exhibition, themed “Flora and Fauna.”

Over 60 sculptures are displayed on a 27,000-square-feet boat shed at the Baltic Sea resort. The sculptors’ motifs include elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions and leopards, as well as many herbal specimens.

“The show is not only intended for entertainment but should also draw attention to nature conservation and species protection,” said exhibition director Oliver Hartmann.

The sand sculptures are inventive and varied. (Sandskulpturen Ausstellung Travemunde, Yves Weiske/Zenger News)
Sand sculptures that will be exhibited at the Travemunde resort in Lubeck, Germany. (Sandskulpturen Ausstellung Travemunde, Yves Weiske/Zenger News)
Sand sculptures that will be exhibited at the Travemunde resort in Lubeck, Germany. (Sandskulpturen Ausstellung Travemunde, Yves Weiske/Zenger News)
Sand sculptures that will be exhibited at the Travemunde resort in Lubeck, Germany. (Sandskulpturen Ausstellung Travemunde, Yves Weiske/Zenger News)

The sculptures, which are several feet high, were created by international artists known as sand carvers. According to the rules, the sculptures can be moistened by water during and after construction. They are supposed to last until the end of the exhibition on Oct. 31.

Aside from smaller, similar exhibitions at sea resorts Warnemunde and Binz in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, this is the largest of its type in the world, said organizers.

Travemunde has been a seaside resort since 1802 and is Germany’s largest ferry port on the Baltic Sea, with connections to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Latvia and Estonia. Its lighthouse is the oldest on the German Baltic coast, dating to 1539.

The exhibition is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(Edited by Fern Siegel and Judith Isacoff)