In the Realm of the Sandman
The Turkish holiday paradise of Antalya offers more than just beautiful beaches, sunsets, and good food. Here, you’ll also encounter an art form that is absolutely unique. At the open-air museum “Kum Heykel Müzesi” on Lara Beach, you can marvel at more than 150 gigantic sand sculptures all year round.
Every April, the best international sand artists venture out to Antalya to create giant sculptures: mythological creatures, historical figures, and fantastic buildings. These structures require 10,000 tonnes of sand – which amounts to approximately 500 lorry loads. Both the level of detail and the size of the creations are staggering. The artists are constantly at work – if you’re lucky, you might be able to peek over their shoulder. All they use is sand, water, and pressure for their creations, which take up to two weeks to complete. The mixture is so stable that even wind and rain barely make a dent in the sculptures.