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August 9, 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

In English:

Every summer the town of Lappeenranta is presenting sand art. The theme for this summer was Kalevala which is our national epic. It has been translated to 61 languages. This means that the subject is not easy to describe in sand statues.

En español:

Cada verano, la ciudad de Lappeenranta presenta arena arte. El tema de este verano fue Kalevala, que es nuestra epopeya nacional. Ha sido traducido a 61 idiomas. Esto significa que el sujeto no es fácil de describir en estatuas de arena.

En francais:

Chaque été, la ville de Lappeenranta présente l’art du sable. Le thème de cet été a été Kalevala qui est notre épopée nationale. Il a été traduit en 61 langues. Cela signifie que le sujet n’est pas facile à décrire en statues de sable.

Kalevala in English
Kalevala en español
Kalevala en français

Previous /Precedentes / Précédentes

Sand sculptures 2012 / Esculturas de Arena 2012 / Sculptures de sable 2012

Sand sculptures 2011 / Esculturas de Arena 2011 / Sculptures de sable 2011

Sand sculptures 2010 / Esculturas de Arena 2010 / Sculptures de sable 2010

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

Sand sculptures 2013 / Esculturas de Arena 2013 / Sculptures de sable 2013

60 Comments »

  1. Lots of horror in these sand sculptures, but they’re very well done.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 9, 2013 @ 07:12 | Reply

    • Hi Anneli.

      That is right. Kalevala, our national epic, is full of “horror”, not only horror, but poems – all the book.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 07:16 | Reply

  2. Amazing sculptures (such skill) and excellent photos!

    Comment by hayley — August 9, 2013 @ 07:37 | Reply

    • Hi Hayley.

      I am happy that You love this kind of art. Thank You leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 07:40 | Reply

  3. Fascinating! It’s incredible that figures such as these can be sculpted out of sand! What artists the creators are!

    Comment by montucky — August 9, 2013 @ 07:41 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      Thank You. Even it was obligatory to read Kalevala in school when I was young, I could not identify all episodes which were described in these sculptures. Some persons were known of course, because they are famous yet today and some artists have made paintings from those persons. One among those famous Finnish painter is Akseli Gallen-Kallela who painted for example the same incident (Lemminkäinen mother) which can be seen in photo number 31. I think that persons who made these sculptures have read our Kalevala many times.

      Have a great weekend there!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 07:55 | Reply

      • Absolutely lovely pictures. WOW. And thank you for mentioning the Lemminkäinen mother: I have seen a few paintings of her in Ateneum in Helsinki and recognized the motif when looking at your pictures (though not when taking pictures of the sand sculptures myself, strange) – I didn’t know it was part of the Kalevala and now I do know🙂

        Great pictures, have I said that already?🙂

        Comment by alcessa — August 9, 2013 @ 08:46 | Reply

        • Hello Alcessa.

          Thank You. I have not seen it in Ateneum, but Akseli Gallen-Kallela is real master of paintings! When looking at his works, they are so lifelike that best cameras yet today cannot compete with his paintings!

          Happy week-end!

          Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 08:52 | Reply

          • I have just searched for some of his paintings (because I don’t know much about Finnish art and am just learning about it) – I must agree with you. I remember his Lemminkäinen mother, the Boy and Crow and The Aino triptych very vividly – they are 3 of the reasons I left Ateneum so happy. It is such a pleasure to see so many intriguing, interesting works of art … it was a good day.

            Comment by alcessa — August 9, 2013 @ 08:58 | Reply

            • Another famous painter in Finland is Albert Edelfelt. Maybe You saw his art also in Ateneum. I have made a post in which same “episode – Women of Ruokolahti” painted by him can be seen than among my post

              Carvings.

              Thank You.

              Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 09:12 | Reply

              • Yes, I remember Women of Ruokolahti just as vividly, I spent quite some time just standing there … thank you.🙂 (if I remember correctly, the French loved him for his Louis Pasteur and gave him a prize)

                Comment by alcessa — August 9, 2013 @ 09:33 | Reply

  4. These are the most amazing sand sculptures I have ever seen, even in pictures!!! The details are astonishing! Would love to learn more about the Kalevala.

    Comment by Madhu — August 9, 2013 @ 09:22 | Reply

    • Hi Madhu.

      Thank You commenting showing Your interest towards national epic Kalevala.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 12:19 | Reply

  5. Hello Matti,
    Là c’est vraiment du grand-art ! On en arrive à regretter que ce soient des oeuvres éphémères, même si ça ajoute un aspect poétique !
    Passe un bon week-end.
    Bises.

    Comment by Marion B. — August 9, 2013 @ 10:30 | Reply

    • Merci,

      Chère Marion. Un jour, ces sont l’histoire, mais heureusement les photos restent longtemps.

      Bon week-end! Bises.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 12:27 | Reply

  6. So schöne Bilder ganz toll wünsche dir einen schönen Freitag und ein gutes Weekend lieber gruß von mir Gislinde

    Comment by giselzitrone — August 9, 2013 @ 10:38 | Reply

    • Hallo Gislinde.

      Vielen Dank für Ihre freundlichen Kommentar. Es erwärmt mein Herz.

      Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 12:32 | Reply

  7. Impressive and always hard to believe that such artwork is made out of sand only. Of course, they have their secret how to make it more durable and kind of weather-resistant) but that’s not the point. It’s incredible how they can reproduce these human (facial) expressions and moods as well as postures, wrinkles or veins. Even I don’t know the Kalevala I feel that the artists must have read a lot before they could start to create scenes, figures. The sculptures (and your photos) are great!

    Nice Friday, Matti and till next time!
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — August 9, 2013 @ 11:49 | Reply

    • Hello Michèle.

      Thank You for Your praising comment. Of course there is a secret. I copied a sentence from Wikipedia (Finnish) and Google to translate it to German. Here:

      Der Grund dafür ist in der Endphase der Kunstwerke auf den Holzleim-Wasser-Gemisch, das betonoi auch die kleinsten Details der Besucher zu sehen gesprüht.

      I hope that it is enough correct that You understand it.

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 12:46 | Reply

      • Danke schön, Matti! It’s understandable. Thanks for letting me know about this special ‘magic trick’. So it’s not only to protect but also to accentuate. That’s interesting!

        Comment by ladyfromhamburg — August 9, 2013 @ 21:28 | Reply

        • So nice to read it Michèle. Thank You.

          Comment by Sartenada — August 10, 2013 @ 08:57 | Reply

  8. Wow. They are amazing. Such clever artists those sand sculptors.🙂

    Comment by linnyjcreations — August 9, 2013 @ 13:07 | Reply

    • Hi Linny.

      Thank You. I am happy that You like them.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 14:24 | Reply

  9. Ganz fantastische Foto!!!

    Comment by einfachtilda — August 9, 2013 @ 13:10 | Reply

    • Hallo Matilda.

      Vielen Dank für Ihren Kommentar. Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Freitag und ein erholsames Wochenende.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 14:33 | Reply

  10. That is so amazing!😀 Have a great weekend🙂

    Comment by wolke205 — August 9, 2013 @ 13:13 | Reply

    • Hallo Wolke.

      Thank You very much Your comment. I am happy that You visited my post.

      Schönes Wochenende!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 14:38 | Reply

  11. These sculptures are fantastic and show such powerful scenes – amazing!

    Comment by megtraveling — August 9, 2013 @ 13:16 | Reply

    • Hello Megtraveling.

      I am glad that You love my photos. Thank You for Your praising comment.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 14:43 | Reply

  12. Yes, I am thinking the same “amazing”, “fantastic”, “unbelievable”. What talented artists!

    Comment by Bondseye — August 9, 2013 @ 13:53 | Reply

    • Hi Lisa.

      How nice to read that You love these sand sculptures. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 9, 2013 @ 14:45 | Reply

  13. Great photographs of sand sculptures reminding me of an exhibit someone showed me of some they took in Japan. I guess the Sandcastle I made at the beach has washed away by now, but it’s still visible in my memory bank.

    Comment by Mary Gilmartin — August 9, 2013 @ 16:17 | Reply

    • Hi Mary.

      Thank You for Your comment and telling nice memory from Japan. People’s memory banks are great. Many years ago I was lucky to shoot photos from:

      Crazy Clay Art.

      Some citizens from Helsinki had possibility create their own art and the result was amazing yet today in my mind. The art created by Helsinki citizens was full of humor, which gets people to good mood. Be sure that my link is worth for checking. Their art live in my memory bank and in WordPress.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 10, 2013 @ 08:24 | Reply

      • What a great art showing all the citizens creations. Some of them are really clever. Thanks for sharing the link. Life is good and humor keeps me smiling. .

        Comment by Mary Gilmartin — August 10, 2013 @ 13:43 | Reply

        • Hi Mary.

          We are Finns criticized that we are boring, but these art pieces prove what inside power we have to create own look art with humor. In Finland there is art which is called ITE (Self made life). It is shot down by critics but people love it. Generally SLF (ITE) art presents carvings from animals and people.

          Example of ITE art:

          Wooden outsider art / Arte marginal de madera / Art marginal en bois

          Thank You very much checking my post.

          Happy Sunday!

          Comment by Sartenada — August 11, 2013 @ 08:27 | Reply

  14. The detail in these sand sculptures is absolutely amazing! The fingerprints on the one look absolutely perfect. I found the first photo to be especially beautiful. Thanks for sharing this beautiful art with us.

    Comment by seniorhiker — August 9, 2013 @ 16:49 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      I am glad that You found my post full with interesting details. Thank You commenting.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 10, 2013 @ 08:39 | Reply

  15. So much details of these sand sculptures! Incredible creative work… Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Amy — August 9, 2013 @ 18:37 | Reply

    • Hi Amy.

      Thank You for Your nice comment. Have a great weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 10, 2013 @ 08:41 | Reply

  16. Wow… these sand sculptures were incredible! For people, like myself, who do not know the saga, there is a brief synopsis here in English: Kalevala – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, and the entire story can be read here: The Kalevala Index.

    Comment by Deb Platt — August 9, 2013 @ 19:00 | Reply

    • Hi Deb.

      Thank You for Your kind comment and adding more explaining links of Kalevala.

      Have a great weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 10, 2013 @ 08:47 | Reply

  17. Las obras son increíbles ,y las fotos maravillosas….
    No conocía este tipo de arte,y te agradezco mucho por compartir con nosotros!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — August 9, 2013 @ 23:25 | Reply

    • Hola Anna.

      Muchas gracias por tus palabras, es un placer para mi leer tus comentarios.

      ¡Un saludo grande con besitos y abrazos¡

      Comment by Sartenada — August 10, 2013 @ 08:59 | Reply

  18. This series of Kalevala sand sculptures was very special for me to see! I remember reading it in grade school. Very well done and beautiful photos! Thanks Matti.

    Comment by tiny lessons blog — August 10, 2013 @ 00:31 | Reply

    • Hello Tiny lessons.

      I am happy for Your words. Thank You very much finding my post interesting and leaving here Your praising comment with memories.

      Have a lovely weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 10, 2013 @ 09:05 | Reply

  19. What a fantastic lesson in Finnish art and culture. These Sand structures are so incredibly detailed they almost look more like clay! You were so fortunate to photograph them on a sparkling blue sky day, truly doing justice to such worthy works of art!

    Comment by SmallHouseBigGarden — August 10, 2013 @ 05:19 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      Thank You. Because I live in the distance of 103km / 64mi of them, I waited for sunny weather. I also shot photos from the town itself which is also a town by the lake as Mikkeli my home town. Maybe someday I’ll show them also.

      Have a great weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 10, 2013 @ 09:16 | Reply

  20. Amazing level of detail and skill in these sculptures

    Comment by surfnslide — August 12, 2013 @ 18:01 | Reply

    • Hi Andy.

      Thank You very much commenting this post. This year’s theme was difficult, I think, but the result is excellent. Few years ago there was “Wild West” which I love yet today most of all.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 13, 2013 @ 07:03 | Reply

  21. These are great! I love the fingerprints! All I know from the Kalevala is from music – though I think I recognize the story of the man and his mother who finds his body (parts?) and re-assembles him (??)

    Comment by Dawn — August 13, 2013 @ 06:20 | Reply

    • Hi Dawn.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. I have to say, that I have forgotten what happened in Kalevala since I read it in school about 55 years ago (maybe it is a shame), but our world is full of interesting books, so why not read them and let imagination to fly.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 13, 2013 @ 07:10 | Reply

  22. Quelles sculptures étonnantes et magnifiques ! Votre histoire regorge de personnages fantastiques. J’aime le bateau, l’ours presque vivant, les visages de femmes si expressifs. Combien de temps durent ces sculptures ? En tous cas, merci de nous faire connaître cette exposition.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — August 13, 2013 @ 19:24 | Reply

    • Salut Isa.

      Merci de faire une pause sur mon blog. Ravie qu´il plaise à toi. Ils durent tout l’été. Il y a un petit “secret” qu’elles durent si longtemps.

      Je te souhaite un très bon mercredi.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 14, 2013 @ 11:46 | Reply

  23. Wow, quite amazing to see what’s out there sometimes!

    Comment by patinaandcompany — August 14, 2013 @ 03:20 | Reply

    • Hello Patinaandcompany.

      Thank You very much for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 14, 2013 @ 11:27 | Reply

  24. All I can say is WOW! Amazing that these are formed out of sand. Your photos show such wonderful detail, Matti.

    Comment by Heart To Harp — September 1, 2013 @ 18:59 | Reply

    • Thank You.

      We are now on road trip in Lapland which is the Northernmost part of Finland. Sceneries here far beyond the Arctic Circle are gorgeous. Posts from our trip will be posted next winter.

      Have great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 2, 2013 @ 17:24 | Reply

  25. These are absolutely stunning!
    Great photos, I love how you captured the shadows.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — September 5, 2013 @ 22:43 | Reply

    • Hello Tokeloshe.

      I am glad that You loved them. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 10, 2013 @ 07:05 | Reply


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