There are about 100 thousand people expected at the 13th edition of FIESA, the World’s largest Sand Sculptures Exhibition, which runs until October 20th in Pera – Silves – Algarve
FIESA has as its theme “Music”, with a hundred works from sculptors from various countries, most of them from last year, which illustrate people, objects and scenery spread over 15 thousand square meters enclosure.
Mariza, Pedro Abrunhosa, Xutos e Pontapés, Mozart and Michael Jackson are some of the artists played on sand sculptures that reach 15 meters in height.
In the central area of the enclosure, Amalia Rodrigues occupies a prominent space with a work dedicated to Fado – musical style – that in 2011 was declared by UNESCO as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
“Music, as a universal theme, enjoyed by adults and children, is very comprehensive”. This led the Organization to keep most sculptures from the previous edition, including a few changes,” quoted Filipe Martins – producing assistant – to Lusa agency.
Filipe Martins added that the decision of keeping the theme and most of the works from last year, has to do with the change of location of the event, to an area that will cover wider areas, with the creation of another infrastructure.
“The goal is to try to be able to create something that is maintained throughout the year, given that the 2016 edition will have another location,” stressed the Producing assistant – avoiding revealing more details about the future project.
Over the six months of the exhibition, the organization estimates to repeat the number of 100,000 visits recorded in 2014.
“We have had a stable number of visitors with little oscillations a couple of months, but overall, balanced,” he said.
The nearly one hundred sculptures occupy an area of 15 thousand square meters for which 40,000 tons of sand have been used 40,000.
During the exhibition, the public can experience and show their creative abilities in this form of artistic expression, a play area available for the making of sand sculptures.
FIESA, located between the E.N 125 and the A22 motorway, and between Pera and Silves, will be open until October 20th, running from June 1st, between 10am and 7pm.
Between 2nd June and 14th July closing time is 10pm. Between 15th July and 15th September closing time will be at midnight, and between 16th September and 20th October, it will be open from 10am to 8pm.