In the month of March Durban and its International Convention Center (ICC) played host to the 5th Annual BRICS conference. For those of you who haven’t heard of BRICS, in essence it is an International Relations submit attended by the heads of states of the 5 member states namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
In light of the conference taking place in the city of Durban, the eThekweni municipality and provincial government decided to throw a beach festival in honour of the delegates and the city hosting the submit. In light of this Street Scene was approached as asked to put together a two phase Sand Sculpture tournament in honour of BRICS. This particular operation was given the title “Project Sandman”, phase one saw a hand picked group of professional sand sculpture artists who normally work along the Durban beach front. Their task was to build a tribute to each of the 5 participating countries out of sand. And then maintain the structures for the duration of the 4 day festival. The sculptures chosen to be built were as follows:
- Brazil -Jesus Christ Statue of Sugarloaf Mountain
- Russia -The Kremlin
- India -The Taj Mahal
- China -The Great Wall of China
- South Africa -Moses Mabhida Stadium & Table Mountain
The Second phase of Project Sandman took the shape of three Sand Castle/Sculpture competitions. Two of these involved children from local children’s home. 50 of these amazing youth were bused in on Thursday and another 50 on Saturday to partake in two children’s competitions. Really these competitions were just excuses to spoil the kids and offer them a day of fun in the sun. There were obviously prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place complete with commemorative medals, but all the children who participated also received snacks, drinks, lunch, spades and buckets, gift bags and commemorative shirts not to mention a visit by a special clown friend of ours. They had a grand old time of it too, as did we. The other competition that took place was between the registered Sand Castle sculptures of Durban’s beach front. They were competing for R11 000 worth of cash prizes with a seaside theme. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so we’ll let the gallery below do the rest of the talking. Due to the circumstances surrounding the youth in the Children’s home we are unable to divulge the names of the winners of the children competition. However the winners in the professional category were as follows (remarkably we had not one, but two ties in this category). In first place Lucas Mahlangu, in tied second place Siyabonga Duma and Sanele Macangu and in tied third place Lebo Gedle and Sthe Mthembu.