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Bulgaria opens sand sculpture festival

08-06-2010 09:01 BJT

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The summer holidays often mean building sand castles by the sea - but in Bulgaria they take the idea to a whole new limit.

Artists from more than 22 countries using more than 3,000 tons of sand have sculpted the resort's golden sands into surreal circus scenes.

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. See the amazing sand sculptures.

Fantastical sculptures made of sand are captivating visitors at Bulgaria's third sand sculptures festival in the Black Sea coastal town of Burgas, east of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

Despite the absence of a Big Top the circus themed event features clowns, monkeys wearing ruffled collars and strongmen.

The third annual festival has attracted entries of more than 20 artists from 22 countries from locations as diverse as Russia, USA, Italy and Spain. 
The third annual festival has attracted entries of more than 20 artists from 22 
countries from locations as diverse as Russia, USA, Italy and Spain. 

The third annual festival has attracted entries of more than 20 artists from 22 countries from locations as diverse as Russia, USA, Italy and Spain.

The impressive and imposing sculptures -- some twice the size of an average man - are made from natural materials including sand, water and clay.

The use of clay helps them to withstand the rain.

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