Driftwood and Sand, Beach Sculpture Festival
"Driftwood and Sand" for short, is a summer celebration of art on the Hokitika beach. Held annually in late January, participants are invited to express themselves using any beach materials.
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Driftwood and Sand began as a community beach sculpture event in 2004. It was conceived by local artist Donald Buglass. He saw the driftwood-strewn beach as a fabulous creative opportunity, offering the raw materials and the inspiration for a community art celebration - a sculpture competition with a difference. Every year he is commissioned to build a large “signature piece” to inspire other artists. Driftwood and Sand is a charitable trust and the sculpture event is run annually by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. The Trust aims to create benefits for the community and improve participation in the arts in the region. As a beach sculpture event the Trust encourages participation by artists, novices and people of any age. It is also hoped that the unique beach venue will break down barriers and make art less intimidating by providing an opportunity for novices to make art alongside artists. Driftwood & Sand has become a regular feature of the West Coast arts calendar, providing a delightfully artistic edge to the stunning scenic backdrop that the West Coast is famous for. “The Driftwood and Sand 2007 event was a fantastic showcase of community, creativity and passion for the environment of New Zealand’s West Coast. Every work that I discovered along the beach was a delight, and the passion for our landscapes that I felt expressed in these artworks was energising and inspiring.” 2007 guest judge Auckland artist Caroline Robinson