Considered the major sand sculpting festival in the world, the 7th edition of FIESA (Festival Internacional de Esculturas em Areia, International Festival of Sand Sculptures) runs from May 22nd through October 22nd, from 10h00 to midnight ( from September 22nd to October 22nd, between 10h00 and 21h00).
Taking place in Pêra, Algarve (Portugal), the event gathers 60 sculptors from 14 countries who will transform 35000 tons of sand into wonderful sculptures.
The 50 sculptures, some with 18 meters height, occupy an area of 15000 sqm.
Every year there's a new theme and the chosen one for FIESA 2009 is "Discoveries".
Visitors will be able to enjoy a fascinating journey through time and evolution of mankind, from pre-historic times to modern conquests of science and technology.
Caravels, medieval castles, the Big Ben and Neil Armstrong's landing on the Moon are among some of the works.
There are also tematic spaces dedicated to industrial revolution, robotics, art, medicin and the discovery of fire and the wheel, between others.
During the day, sculptures can be admired in all detail while the night will be animated by live music, theatre and other performing arts.
The festival still includes a ludic space where everyone can show their sculpting skills.
ProSandArt was founded by the turkish sculptor Alper Alagoz in 2002.