Each year the city of Jesolo, a city north of Venice on the Adriatic Sea, hosts an International Sand Sculpture contest. The annual contest has a different theme each year and this year’s 13th annual festival features Pinocchio and his fantastic world. Eighteen artists from all over the world are the painstaking creators of this year’s sculptures depicting Carlo Collodi’s tale. The sculptures present the life of the puppet created by Geppeto the Carpenter and all the vicissitudes that lead him to meet the dreadful Mangiafuoco and the untrustworthy Cat and Fox, the craftiness and lies that continually get him into trouble, under the watchful eye of the Talking Cricket and the Fairy with the Turquoise Hair, with their arduous attempts to get Pinocchio back on the right track so that he can become a good boy.
To see pictures of each sculpture with the story of each, visit: http://public.fotki.com/Davis2001r6/italy-2011/sculture-di-sabbia/