BOGOR, KOMPAS.com - Winmark Mendawai Indonesia and
World Sand Sculpting Academy (WSSA) in cooperation with the Ministry of
Tourism and Creative Economy and Sentul City will hold an
international sand sculpture festival in Sentul, Bogor, West Java.
Mendawai Indonesia Director Gita Aryanti said here Saturday the
festival would be the biggest in Southeast Asia and themed "Wonders of
Indonesia and Wonders of the World."
Gita said the festival would
run from December 18, 2011 to January 28, 2012, from 11.00 until 19.00
hours daily. Admission tickets would be priced Rp 50,000 on weekdays
and Rp75,000 on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Indonesian Organizing Committee had invited 22 sand sculpture artists
from 11 countries, namely the United States, Britain, Ukraine, Holland,
Italy, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Republic of Chzech, Singapore and Japan.
To produce their sculptures, the artists would disposal over 2,400 tons
of sand from Cilegon, Banten province.
"The idea of ?holding the
magnificent sand sculpture festival is a manifestation of our
commitment to fully support tourism in Indonesia, and this activity is
well received by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and WSSA
as the parent organization," Gita said.
She was sure thet the
sand sculpture festival would be an excellent tourist attraction, not
only for domestic but also foreign tourists. Meanwhile, Berman Lubis,
the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s director of Meeting,
Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE), said the planned festival
would the very first in Indonesia and the largest in the Southeast Asia
The activity was expected to be a means of communication
and promotion of tourism information for the participants and to
increase the number of tourist visits to Indonesia, he said. This
activity is very useful for opening new horizons in art which had very
great potential to be developed in Indonesia.
The event will be
held on an area of ??30,000 square meters. There would be two major
large-sized tents each measuring 800 square meters for the exhibition of
more than than 40 best sand sculpture in the form of statues, among
others part of the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, gadang house ( West
Sumatra traditional house), barong, komodo (dragons), one-horn
rhinoceros, wayang (puppets), Taj Mahal, Big Ben, Pyramids and the
Pharos, and others.
The basic material to make the sculptures
would be fine grain sand from Cilegon compacted with water. Compressed
into hard masses, the sand would be solid enough to n make steep or
According to the organizers, the sand sculptures
would not damage the sand sculptures because the rainwater would seep
into the sand and evaporate when the rain stopped. But when they are hit
by a rainstorm the flat surfaces of sculptures may be slightly
dented/damaged. Wind would generally not be a problem for the sand
Everyone ccould learn the basic techniques for
making sand sculptures. Children from the age of seven years and adults
could try out their sculpting talent. The important thing was
patience, a lot of practice and using the correct techniques, Gita said.
sculptures made outdoors could last several weeks or l months
depending on the weather. But if the sand sculpture was made ?indoors it
could last indefinitely as long as it was not disturbed.
sand should not be moist when it is being made ??into a sculpture. The
sculptor uses crop sprayers when making the sculpture. When it is
finished, the sculpture will be completely dry.
sculpture will not be destroyed because of the compaction process. Sand
sculpture art can be studied at the World Art Academy of Sand
Sculpting WSAA in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Greece, the United
States and Thailand where there are training courses for individuals to
learn the sculpturing techniques.