Marina Beach , Swansea, SA1
SCULPTURE BY THE SEA UK FESTIVAL 2009
CERFLUN AR LAN Y MOR DU GWYL 2009
Artists: Laila Williams, Ami Marsden, Sara Holden, Tafadzwa Gundu, Marlo Flores, Rob Bermingham and Fern Thomas
The Finale of the Festival was held at Marina Beach, SA1, beside the domed Observatory Building and the new deluxe appartments, overlooking the exciting new development there.
The rain from the previous day had cleared away to reveal blue skies and puffy white clouds. As the artists collected materials and put out displays, participants began to arrive to create some artworks with a nautical or marine theme.
An enormous centipede crawls across the beach.
Creativity was certainly enhanced when people realised that it's only the imagination that stops you from making something wonderful, not the quality or number of tools and materials.
Young Russian visitor Kira creates a friendly dolphin from sand.
Driftwood beach shelter.
There were smiles all round from participants as the beach became alive with sculptures and people enjoying themselves being creative. It was a wonderful finale to a great festival, blessed throughout with mostly good weather and an artistic community who were appreciative of our efforts to spread an environmental message - to sustain and protect our landscapes and wildlife.
Jelly-fish by Young Carers Group
Pre-festival workshop with Ami Marsden
Thank you to our kind sponsors:-
A Sea man wlecomes all to the festival.
A crab decorated with Oyster Shells and wooden legs.
Beach scrabble - Endangered Marine Species.
Challenging spelling /knowledge skills and overlapping words in an sand text work.
Shipwrecked! A sunken galleon provides hours of fun for young festival goers.
Festival Participants comments:-
'Good effect on children - an introduction to awareness'
'Festival gave children the freedom to express themselves'
'Enhanced thinking skills and was very hands on'
'Its always good to get into the fresh air and make things with materials found around'
'Wouldn't have thought of it otherwise - gets adults and children to see the beauty in nature'
' It showed me how to use different materials in art'
'The children were learning through play and new resources'
'Good community event, nice people, lots of fresh air!'
'Good community spirit at Festival and inspiring creativity and boosting of confidence'
'The sculptures are very impressive and inspire not only respect for the Environment but inspire a million stories from the children'
'My creativity was certainly enhanced by the festival - I enjoyed collecting seaweed and seeing it "come to life". Horrified to see how much rubbish is on our beach!'
'We helped with the shelter using materials off the beach - it was good fun!'