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September 30, 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues

Every summer the town of Lappeenranta is presenting sand art with different themes every summer. In my previous sand statues post in 2010, I presented all these three themes from 2008-2010 in one post. Link after photos.

In 2008 the theme was “American Old West”.
In 2009 the theme was “Fairytale Creatures”.
In 2010 the theme is “Prehistoric Monsters like Dinosaurs”.
In 2011 the theme is “Circus”.
Estatuas de arena.

Cada verano la ciudad de Lappeenranta es presentar el arte de arena con diferentes temas cada verano.
En 2008 el tema fue ” Viejo Oeste”.
En 2009 el tema fue “Criaturas de Cuento de Hadas”.
En 2010 el tema es “Dinosaurios”.
En 2011 el tema es “Circo”.
Statues de sable.

Chaque été la ville de Lappeenranta est de présenter l’art du sable avec des thèmes différents chaque été.
En 2008, le thème était “Conquête de l’Ouest ».
En 2009, le thème était “Personnages de Conte “
En 2010, le thème est “Dinosaures”.
En 2011, le thème est “Cirque”.

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues 2011 / Estatuas de arena 2011 / Statues de sable 2011

Sand Statues / Estatuas de arena / Statues de sable 2010

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38 Comments »

  1. t any rate, the statues are wonderful to see and your photos are excellent!

    Comment by montucky — September 30, 2011 @ 08:02 | Reply

    • Hello Montucky.

      Thank You. I appreciate Your comment very much. A small town tries to present itself thru its sand statues.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by sartenada — September 30, 2011 @ 08:07 | Reply

  2. These sand statues are totally amazing!!!!! You’ve captured their exquisite detail wonderfully.
    Happy weekend! Janet

    Comment by harpingjanet — September 30, 2011 @ 16:47 | Reply

    • Thank You Janet making Your nice comment.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by sartenada — October 1, 2011 @ 08:53 | Reply

  3. All of these sand sculptures are absolutely amazing. The details that the artist have been able to create are unbelievable. I really like the elephant, but the lion tamer sculpture is also a favorite. Thanks for sharing these with us.

    Comment by seniorhiker — September 30, 2011 @ 17:06 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      I like the elephant and the lion which has a man in its mouth. Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Happy Week-end!

      Comment by sartenada — October 1, 2011 @ 08:57 | Reply

  4. Wow these are amazing!!!! Sadly this summer I have totally missed the yearly sand sculpture exhibit that take place both in the centre of town and at the beach. Next year when I’m mobile again I will be sure to visit them.
    The detail in the lion and the amount of sand ‘overhang” in the travellers caravan definitely appear to defy the limits of the construction, they really are amazing and remind me just how talented these artists are.
    Stunning photos once again, well done!

    Comment by kiwidutch — September 30, 2011 @ 17:56 | Reply

    • Hi Kiwidutch.

      Well, next year is okay and then You’ll present what is there. Interesting! These sand statues last all the summer and because Lappeenranta is nearby the border of Russia, many visitors from Russia visit here. To photograph them well, I have to visit them early in the morning before tourist are pouring to there.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by sartenada — October 1, 2011 @ 09:03 | Reply

  5. Absolutely amazing to see these sand statues! We have many km’s of sandy beaches here in Denmark too – and I know sand-statue-competiotions are made around Danish beaches too, but I have never visited one. Your post here make me want to do that next summer!

    Comment by truels — September 30, 2011 @ 18:52 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      I am glad that You got an idea from my post for next year. These are not made in any completion, but some professionals make them every spring. Town of Lappeenranta wants to get visitors by using these sand statues every summer. Clever.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by sartenada — October 1, 2011 @ 09:08 | Reply

  6. These are amazing. I’ve never seen anything like them before! And you’ve captured them beautifully.

    Comment by Becoming herself — September 30, 2011 @ 20:08 | Reply

    • Hello Becoming herself.

      Thank You for Your comment and visit. It is a great pity that these art pieces last so short time, but happily some bloggers, as I, document them.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by sartenada — October 1, 2011 @ 09:11 | Reply

  7. Thanks for including so many photographs of these carefully crafted sandworks.

    Steve Schwartzman

    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — October 1, 2011 @ 00:59 | Reply

    • Hello Steve.

      I am so glad that You liked them. When presenting this kind of art work, it is important to take close-ups and general view photos. One photo is not enough to get good idea of these.

      Thank You commenting. Happy week-end!

      Comment by sartenada — October 1, 2011 @ 09:14 | Reply

  8. The sand art is truly amazing!!! The details are incredible!
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos!

    Comment by alskamom — October 1, 2011 @ 05:23 | Reply

    • Hi Alskamom.

      I am so glad that You liked them. Personally I like them very much and every summer it is interesting to see what the theme is for this year when visiting in Lappeenranta. Especially I liked most of all American Old West in 2008. That is why, because I am interested in American “near” history. In 2008, there was nice coincidence. I was wearing a t-shirt with buffalo image on it and it happened so that there was huge buffalo, really huge. So we are both posing together side by side!

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by sartenada — October 1, 2011 @ 09:22 | Reply

  9. Lovely !!! What a beautiful event… And the circus theme is a great idea !
    We also have a sand festival here in Belgium during summertime, But I’ve never attended.
    Thanks for sharing Matti ! Have a nice weekend :)

    Comment by Tamara — October 2, 2011 @ 10:34 | Reply

    • Hello Tamara.

      Thank You. I am glad that my photos pleased You. Next year I hope to see Your photos from sand statues.

      Happy week-end to You too.

      Comment by sartenada — October 2, 2011 @ 11:02 | Reply

  10. Excellent! They are all so creative!
    I especially like the first one.
    Mr Foxy is so cool!
    Which is your favourtie?

    Do you have something like this in the winter, using ice to make sculptures?

    Comment by London Caller — October 2, 2011 @ 18:46 | Reply

    • Hello London caller.

      Thank You commenting. Well, I think that I love the mobile home of those ladies and those ladies. :) Also washerwoman pleses me very much.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 3, 2011 @ 17:17 | Reply

  11. Guten Morgen Matti,
    Come on in, here you see the best circus in the world.
    The first photo is another great introduction to the circus world. It seems like a clever fox looks out from behind the curtain. The figure of the ballerina is very athletic and flexible. I really like the elephant. He looks impressive and very much alive. All sand figures are a feast for the eyes. It is admirable that people create in order to beautify our lives. I thank you for this wonderful series that I was allowed to participate again and look forward to the next. I wish you and Anya, still, good luck and health to your daily routes. God bless you both. Thank you for all the kind comments, and stars in between, under my photos in my blog. Take care, my friends.
    Dear greetings from Christel

    Comment by Christel — October 3, 2011 @ 00:39 | Reply

    • Guten abend Christel.

      Thank You. I am glad that You found Yours favorite among these.

      I wünsche ihnen einen schönen Montag.

      Comment by sartenada — October 3, 2011 @ 17:20 | Reply

  12. They are so artistically made, do they really disappear after some time? What a pitty, they should stay for ever. The sand surface makes them inviting to touch, I imagine. Very interesting and nice photos.

    Comment by Giiid — October 3, 2011 @ 15:53 | Reply

    • Hi Giiid.

      So nice to read that You visited my site and made nice comment.

      Indeed, they should stay forever or it is not good idea, because next year there will be new theme with surprises.

      Have a lovely evening!

      Comment by sartenada — October 3, 2011 @ 17:22 | Reply

  13. Wow I mean WOW!

    Comment by sami116 — October 4, 2011 @ 14:56 | Reply

    • Hello Sami116.

      Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by sartenada — October 4, 2011 @ 16:07 | Reply

  14. Wonderful work. And you mean that it has been done in Lappeenranta! AT least I can see that it’s in Finland.)

    Comment by hpy — October 5, 2011 @ 07:57 | Reply

    • Salut hpy.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment. That is true, in Lappeenranta. Every summer there is a new theme and sand statues can be admired during many weeks. Personally I love visit them in June.

      Belle journée!

      Comment by sartenada — October 5, 2011 @ 08:57 | Reply

  15. These sand statues are absolutely amazing!! I love the close-up details excellently captured, Matti..thanks for sharing it, a great event and feast to the eyes..now I’m wondering how these are made..awesome 5*

    Comment by Anne — October 7, 2011 @ 11:27 | Reply

    • Hi Anne.

      I am very glad That You liked these. Well, then when these has been made they are “covered” by special glue. It helps them last them until to the autumn. All these statues needed 1 696 300 kilograms of sand.

      Thank You for Your comment.

      Comment by sartenada — October 7, 2011 @ 11:47 | Reply

  16. These are wonderful and photographs are also incredible.

    Comment by whatever — October 7, 2011 @ 20:55 | Reply

    • Hello Whatever.

      Thank You for commenting and for Your visit.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by sartenada — October 8, 2011 @ 08:56 | Reply

  17. I’ve visited this post three or four times, and each time, the sand scuptures haven’t fallen apart. Hahaha.

    You know, until I lived here, I never paid attention to these works of art. But, here on the island, there’s a yearly event in the spring for which folks from all over, including people from other countries, who come to compete in sand sculpting. Of course, exhibits come undone thanks to the tides; but, oh, the wonder of it all. The details and the creativity are marvelous to behold.

    So is the town not far from where y’all live? What made you decide to photograph these yearly? It’s an excellent idea to have each year’s theme, by the way.

    Great going, Matti!

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — October 14, 2011 @ 14:37 | Reply

    • Hello Deli.

      Thank You for Your comment and thoughts. Well, this town can be reach from my house by car in 3 hours approximately. To me the best way is to visit when I am returning to my home from my late father’s home. Just adding a “curve” of 1.5 hours. I saw once photos from them in one newspaper and then I thought that I have to see them in live. I have not yet presented town of Lappeenranta in my blog, but maybe next summer. It is also lake side town as Savonlinna, which You in my today’s post.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — October 14, 2011 @ 16:55 | Reply

  18. It’s a shame I didn’t see the sand statues last time I visited Lappeenranta, but I wonder if they were around in 1999. I’ll be waiting for your post about Lappeenranta next summer, I miss the town so much. Happy weekend :)

    Comment by penman — March 18, 2012 @ 01:55 | Reply

    • Hi Alan.

      You are right, in 1999, there were no sand statues; I checked it. There will be a post from Lappeenranta, be sure. I just wonder if You visited the nearby town called Savonlinna. It is fantastic place. I give here my link to my post:

      Savonlinna (town and its medieval castle) .

      Town itself is beautiful, but its castle is unique. I have two posts from the castle (winter / summer). Next summer I’ll post also two posts when I was cruising in Savonlinna.

      Very near to Savonlinna there is

      World’s biggest wooden church.

      The distance between Lappeenranta and Savonlinna is 156 km / 97 miles.

      So, if You decide some day visit here, remember these.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 18, 2012 @ 09:22 | Reply

  19. Wow, a full circus of sand! Very cool! Thank you for sharing!

    Comment by Karma — July 9, 2012 @ 15:15 | Reply

    • Hi Karma.

      How glad I am, that You checked my sand statues. It was a great pleasure to read that You liked them.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 9, 2012 @ 17:36 | Reply


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