Teapots take top sand gong

THE idea of two pots clashing was evolving in his mind as he carved, and for Blue Mountains sand sculptor Jino Van Bruinessen, the idea paid off.

Mr Van Bruinessen’s sculpture was voted the best for the 2013 Windsor International Sand Sculpting Competition, and was awarded the title during a ceremony at Howe Park on Sunday.

Mr Van Bruinessen’s sculpture of a clay pot and a brass pot clashing together depicted the fact that the weak and strong cannot live side by side.

It was just one of 14 impressive sculptures completed by the visiting sculptors, with the impressive results remaining on display until January 28.

Mr van Bruinessen said at the beginning of the competition that he believed winning a sand sculpting competition was like winning the lotto.

Happy with his win, Mr Van Bruinessen said he has enjoyed this year’s event.

“It been good, it’s been hot, but I was lucky to get some shade,” he said.

Mr Van Bruinessen will only have a week or so to revel in his win, before taking off to Queensland for the Australian Championships in February.

This year’s event has attracted families from the local area, greater Sydney and even travelling overseas visitors.

Heavy rain during Judging on Sunday failed to keep the crowds away either, with many braving the wet to find out which sculptor would take out the top gong.

Along with Mr Van Bruinessen’s sculpture, also on display was a tree warrior, the Pied Piper, a gremlin and more, keeping with the Fairytales and Fables theme.

Visitors can continue to enjoy the sculptures for a couple more weeks yet, with the event not due to close until January 28.

During this fortnight, two sculptors will also be on site creating a display pieces of 60 tonnes of sand so you can see how it is done.

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