This year’s Seaside Arts Festival in Thirroul will be even more spectacular than usual, with an international sand sculptor set to work his magic at the beach.
Master artist Dennis Massoud has taken the humble act of building a sand castle to entirely new levels, and we will be lucky enough to see his work at Thirroul next month.
Dennis’s work is incredible. He defies reality- with mermaids and mermen reclining on shipwrecks, hands (with actual fingerprints) holding baby Buddha and chests filled with treasure.
You won’t believe sand can be made to do all that!
Festival organiser David Hubbard says the idea was first put forward eight years ago. “It’s great to have something different lined up,” he says. “The sculpture will be amazing.”
Dennis has been working with sand for 20 years. He and his team at ‘Sand in Your Eyes’ have worked at large-scale events both here and overseas, turning sand sculpting into a performing art.
Dennis won the World Championship in 2003 as well as numerous People’s Choice awards.
Dennis has even been commissioned by the Emirates Place Hotel in Abu Dhabi to build the world’s largest sand sculpture. It will be 38 meters high, 100 meters at the base and will use 380,000 tonnes of sand!
One of Dennis’ incredible sculptures will be created at Thirroul Beach on Sunday April 8. The event has been sponsored by Thirroul’s One Agency.