Sand sculpture draws crowds to Whitehaven
WORLD champion sand sculptor Dennis Massoud sculpted a life sized horse on Whitehaven Beach as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations held by Cruise Whitsunday and Hamilton Island last week.
Cruise Whitsundays chief executive officer Nick Hortle said although the weather had pushed the start date back by one day, their guests enjoyed the unique celebration.
“We wanted to create something really special and culturally significant for Chinese New Year and the feedback was really positive,” he said.
“Cruise Whitsundays has been solidly booked through the week with guests travelling to the beach to see the sculpture.”
Mr Hortle also said the sculpture was enjoyed by many visitors on other tours to Whitehaven Beach. “We’ve certainly seen plenty of pictures of our region being beamed throughout the world via social media as everyone enjoyed the spectacle on Whitehaven Beach, so it’s further marketing for our region,” he said.
Hamilton Island’s senior communications manager Sophie Baker said there was a fantastic vibe on the island.
“It was great to see so many Chinese visitors on Hamilton Island enjoying the tailored activities organised to celebrate Chinese New Year,” she said.
“We celebrated it with street stalls, a dragon show and of course the unique opportunity to visit Whitehaven Beach to see the sand sculpture horse which many guests enjoyed.”
Ms Baker said the number of Chinese visitors on Hamilton Island for Chinese New Year had doubled since last year.
Mr Massoud was at Whitehaven Beach every day from Saturday, February 1 to Thursday, February 6 sculpting the life size horse, as well as conducting mini sand sculpting workshops for those interested in learning about the art.
For more information on Dennis Massoud, visit www.sandinyoureyes.com.
SAND ART: World champion sand sculptor Dennis Massoud held sand sculpting workshops on Whitehaven Beach last week as part of Cruise Whitsundays and Hamilton Island’s Chinese New Year celebrations.