Delayne Corbett, award-winning sculptor and stone mason from Canada, is one of the well-known participants of the newly erected sand sculpture park in Kuwait.
Along with an international team comprised of 80 sculptures from 25 different countries, Corbett created the world’s largest sand sculpture park for the Remal International Sand and Light Sculpture Festival at P2BK 2014. Responsible for the project is Dhari al Wazzan, founder of P2BK (Proud to be Kuwaiti), a popular local exhibition and local businesses trade fair that happens annually on the Mishref Fairgrounds.
The sculptures were modeled on at least 40 different scenes from the famous book, Elf layla wa Layla (1001 Nights), and they occupy around 28,000 square meters of land, that is roughly the size of four soccer fields. Some of the sculptures are built 15 meters tall.
Aside from the impressive sculptures, there is a sand café, a maze for children to explore and a performance amphitheater for visitors to appreciate. Lights arranged in imaginative patterns contribute to the sand park’s artistic appearance. The highlight of the sand park is a 10,000 ton central sculpture more than 50 feet tall and 10-foot walls of 2,500 linear feet constructed of carved sand.
The budget assigned to this endeavor had to be huge; the park cost about KD 1 million and used around 28,000 tons of sand. The sand park is open from January to April.
- Times Kuwait report