The annual sand sculpture festival has opened in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Bourgas, this year with a fairy tale theme – one that extends to including popular cartoon characters such as Asterix and Obelix, and the Flintstones.
The festival opened on July 3 and will continue until September.
It features about 65 figures of characters sculpted in more than 20 compositions. More than 4000 tons of beach sand went into making the sculptures.
Ognyan Petkov, a Bulgarian sculptor from Bourgas, built Baron Munchausen, while the Flintstones were rendered by Bourgas sculptor Atanas Stoyanov. Anatoliy Lunin from Moscow is the author of the figures of Masha and the Bear from the childrens’ TV series of the same name.
The figures are illuminated at night.
Ten sand artists from Norway, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Ireland, Ukraine and Latvia produced sculptures for the 2014 festival.
This is the largest-ever sand sculpture festival in Bourgas, which was first held in 2008.