Sand sculp­ture draws crowds to White­haven

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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