2014 Nantou Sand Sculpture Festival

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

A couple months ago our family visited the 2014 Nantou Sand Sculpture Festival [南投市貓羅溪畔沙雕藝術節]. One thing that separated this year’s festival with previous years was an emphasis on health and environmental issues. A few prominent sculptures warned on the dangers of nuclear power, deforestation, marine pollution and food safety.

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

Beware of the Octopus

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

In Nuclear We Trust

News of tainted food products makes headlines on a semi-regular basis in Taiwan:

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

A New Year Greeting wishing prosperity [Gōngxǐ fācái (恭禧發財)]

If you look closely at the picture below you may notice the dolphin is crying and garbage is spilling out of her rotten stomach:

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

Dolphin Family

Thanks to Florentijn Hofman every festival in Taiwan big and small requires a duck:

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

Some of us never quite grow up:

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

Excitement for Breasts

The kids weren’t terribly interested in the sculptures, luckily there was an area of sand that they could actually play in:

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

Nathan argues the benefits of his rake over Josie’s shovel

Below are a trio of photographs that I noticed looked better in black and white in post-processing:

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival


2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

Turtle Kingdom

I would probably have the same expression if I woke up to find a miniature city growing out of the back of my head:

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

Posts from the 200920102011 and 2012 festivals.

14 thoughts on “2014 Nantou Sand Sculpture Festival

  1. Thank you for sharing these photos. Sometimes being away from home means I lose the opportunity to go to hosted events such as these.

    Best wishes to you and your family in the new year!

  2. What a great collection of photos! I went to the sand sculpture festival in Nantou previous years but it just wasn’t in the cards this year. Every plan to go there got either rain on or something else came up!

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