May 25, 2021

Peter the Great's Sandbox


Peter the Great's Sandbox
Peter the Great looks over the window he busted into Europe, 2018 Sandfest. Wikimedia Commons user Kora27

Now that the ice and snow have (finally) been cleared away from the Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, it's ready for summer sand sculptures. The annual Sandfest has colonized the fortress's beach.

This year's theme is "A World Without Limits," presumably encouraging now-vaccinated Russians to return to life before coronavirus. After all, the 2020 festival was canceled. Russians can travel around the biggest country in the world, but not much outside of it, so the world has come to St. Petersburg in the form of grains of sand.

The festival features pandas from China, kangaroos from Australia, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, and the Pyramids.

Sand sculptors moved 3,000 tons of sand over twenty days of preparation.

This year's Sandfest opened on May 22 and continues until September 15. The sand is treated with... something... so it will last that whole time.

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