Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS McMA­HON

THE Amaz­ing Wal­ter ( Wal­ter McDon­ald) puts the fin­ish­ing touches on his Strand Ephemera mas­ter­piece ahead of the open­ing to­day. The bril­liant art­works on dis­play are just part of a gi­ant week­end of sport­ing, cul­tural and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing in Townsville and sur­rounds.

MOST sand­cas­tles are built us­ing wet sand, a bucket, a cou­ple of shells and maybe a bit of sea­weed, but at this year’s Strand Ephemera you can catch a glimpse of three de­signs on a much grander scale.

The in­tri­cate works of Peter Red­mond, Jino Van Bru­i­nessen and The Amaz­ing Wal­ter ( Wal­ter McDon­ald) from Texas will de­tail a pre­his­toric world, un­der­wa­ter fan­tasy and a fan­tasy castle.

Di­rec­tor of Sand­storm Events Sharon Red­mond said the trio had been work­ing on their de­signs since last Sun­day and would com­plete their works by Sun­day af­ter­noon.

“Peter and Jino are each do­ing a 20- tonne sculp­ture ... with Peter build­ing a pre­his­toric world with lots of di­nosaurs and a great, big crocodile, Jino is mak­ing an un­der­wa­ter sea fan­tasy full of fish, coral and a mer­maid sun­ning on a rock,” Mrs Red­mond said.

“The Amaz­ing Wal­ter from Texas is build­ing a fan­tasy castle, which is re­ally in­tri­cate.”

The three artists will be run­ning work­shops through­out the week­end.

“They will have them fully com­pleted by Sun­day, it is great for peo­ple to pop down over the week­end and watch the work take form, it is re­ally in­ter­est­ing watch­ing them work and see how they do it,” Mrs Red­mond said.

“They are cre­at­ing an enor­mous amount of at­ten­tion.’’

The sand sculp­tures are among 31 art­works on dis­plays as part of Strand Ephemera start­ing to­day.

Wal­ter McDon­ald in front of one of his sand­cas­tles.

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