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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Maravillas del Mundo en Arena

Again, looking for “tastes from home”, I took the kids to see the Wonders of the World built out of sand. To be honest I was a bit skeptical. There isn't a beach around here so how good can these sand builders really be?
Over 40 sand artists from around the world came to Bogota for several months to carve blocks of sand into incredible art. The sand was brought from the River Sumapz in Colombia where the grains where determined to be the right consistency for carving. The sand was compacted with water under high pressure to create a block that would not fall apart. No chemicals or glue were used to hold the sand together. Some of the carvings are 26' high. In a few months when the exhibit is over the sand will be returned to the river from which it was taken.

4 large tents house the various carvings. They are divided by region of the world. Sights such as the Great Wall of China, Buda, the Great Barrier Reef, New York City Skyline and the Big Five animals of Africa are exhibited. It really is a wonder in and of itself to see these great sculptures brought to life in sand!

Nativity Scene

Taj Mahal

Great Barrier Reef

New York Sky Line

Great Barrier Reef

Walled Colombian city of Cartegena

Another city in Colombia
- Kris

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