Day 1

Marina SA1





Artists: Ami Marsden, Dave Marchant, Sara Holden, Dave Pitt, Marlo Flores


The Annual festival kicked off to a great start at Marina Beach, SA1 as people of all ages got in touch with their creative talents, using the sand and beautiful shells to build all kinds of fun and interesting sculptures. The 'Swans' boat was a wonderful place to play in all afternoon for these smiling girls from Carmarthen.

It was another GOAL for the Swans! Football-mad fans created action sand art.

Large drawings on the beach included a huge toaster - this young boy had obviously finished his sandwiches!

Families worked together to create a large mermaid - see below and lots of different marine creatures such as whales and dolphins.


'Crate art' was made during the day from washed up marine blue crates juxtaposed with the blackened ones left from beach barbeques.





Dolphins and Starfish were created from sand and oyster shells found on the beach

Mermaids were especially popular with little girls at the festival who spent hours decorating theirs with seaweed hair and shell tails.


Another starfish is made at the foot of the observatory. People loved the large scale of them and how they represented both the marine creature and stars in the solar system.

These large scale lugworms were a fisherman's dream.

Sample of participants comments:

It gave my granddaughter some ideas of what to do on the beach. Pam and Tony Woodman

Environmental arts events like this are a great focus for the children during the summer holidays. Megan Tucker

The children learnt about different shells and what is found on the beach. It was a great day out.Kelly Small

An enjoyable day out for families. Ty Hapus Carmarthen (group of 25)

It encouraged the children to ask questions about the beach and sea. The event is great for bringing people together and teaches children an awareness of the environment. Leandra Blanch.

It's a better way of teaching youngsters about issues when they are doing rather than listening. Sharon Court

The event brings all ages together, it's free, outdoors and healthy!


The striking observatory building was the drop back and inspiration for several structures made from willow and seaweed.


The day had been a well attended and busy one and the artists looked forward to the next day at Sandfields Beach - the forecast for the weather was looking very good - the perfect ingredient for encouraging lots of people onto the beach and for making sculptures!

at The Junction Cafe

The Environment Centre




All Photos by Phil Holden /Copyright Sculpture by the Sea UK 2011

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