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Legends of the Deep

Legends of the Deep

Sand Safari Art Festival shaping up to be the best yet

Sea monsters, mermaids and mythical creatures from ancient legends of the deep will be brought to life at the Sand Safari Art Festival this February.

Imagination is limitless for the artists who will be participating, as they conjure up impressive sculptures built from nothing but grains of sand and a lot of skill.  This major annual event exhibits bold works of art from the gallery to the beach, transforming the entire Surfers Paradise precinct with visual arts that are both dramatic and intricate. Running from February 10-26, it’s a family event to inspire and captivate, all against the backdrop of the internationally renowned Surfers Paradise beach. Prepare for dazzling displays, activities, and interactive art the whole family can explore together.

Legends of the Deep

On the Beach

The Championships

Ten artists design and intricately carve life-sized masterpieces inspired by the theme ‘Mermaids and Mythical Creatures’ over three days from February 10 to 12. These sculptures will take shape along the Surfers Paradise foreshore over the course of the weekend with crowds enthralled by the sculptors’ carving skills as they create incredibly detailed, impressive sand artworks.  Visitors can vote for their favorite creation, with the “King or Queen of the Castles” announced at 4pm on February 12. Marvel at the sculptures on display until the 26th February.

The Show Stopper

Selected artists will craft the ultimate interactive showpiece: a massive 40-tonne sand sculpture. You can even walk through the carefully crafted art piece – it’s that big! Sponsors of the event, Australia’s favourite ice-cream brand, Streets, and their lovable Paddle Pop Lion, will also be immortalized in a huge 20-tonne sand scene against the backdrop of the iconic Surfers Paradise skyline.

Track the Mermaid Migration

Swimming north on their annual migration the “mermaids” will be travelling from the Victorian and NSW coast, riding waves until they reach their final destination of Surfers Paradise beach on February 10th where you will be able to have your photo taken with these mysterious sea creatures at daily book readings.  Not only this, but there is also a mermaid swim school for you to learn from these legendary aquatic creatures.

In the Precinct

Follow the Sand Trail

Sand Safari will kick off with the intriguing Sand Trail from February 3, which sees the art of sand sculpting extend beyond Surfers Paradise as 12 works of art pop-up in hotel lobbies, libraries and shopping centres from Coolangatta to Loganholme. So grab your Sand Trail map and set out with the kids to uncover all the show-stopping sculptures on the trail. It’s a family favorite for good reason!

Giant Inflatable Art

Prepare to be wowed as the UK’s renowned Designs in Air artists Luke Egan (aka Filthy Luker) & Pete Hamilton (aka Pedro Estrellas) return to exhibit their bold, playful and clever inflatable art throughout Surfers Paradise. From February 10, magical, family-friendly inflatable sea creatures like flying squid, sea anemones, a tongue-in-cheek ‘five starfish’ hotel and more will take over the city, delighting passers-by.

Legends of the Deep

Sand & Sea Art

Discover bold murals, inspiring photography and pop-up galleries throughout the precinct all created to fit the sand and sea theme. For the kids, there are fun activities such as sand art, and sand building competitions to inspire the whole family to create their very own mermaid or mythical sea creature.


Art connects people in so many ways and the Sand Safari Art Festival is no exception, with public displays of artworks created by budding school-age artists from both Surfers Paradise State School and Mudgeeraba Special School. The festival is designed to inspire and establish avenues for creative expression and community togetherness.

Visit for updates on activities and displays from the beach to the precinct at the Sand Safari Art Festival 2017.

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