HE’S KING OF THE STRAND- CASTLE
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.