Sand sculpture festival brings superheroes to Belgian beach

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Sand carver Susanne Paucker from Germany works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Sand sculptures are seen during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. A team of 32 carvers from around the world spent five weeks building 150 sculptures based on Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel movies. Seven thousand tonnes of sand brought by 240 trucks were needed to make the sculptures which will be on show between June 24 to September 10. REUTERS/Yves Herman
A sand sculpture is seen during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Sand carver Konstantin Kuzyarin from Russia works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
An artist works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Sand carver Konstantin Kuzyarin from Russia works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Sand carver Sergey Zaplatin from Russia works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Sand carver Sergey Zaplatin from Russia works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Sand carver Teimur Abdul Ganiev from Russia works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
An artist works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Sand carver Sergey Aseer from Russia works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
An artist works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Sand carver Teimur Ilya Shanin from Russia works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Sand carver Franco Daga from Italy works on a sculpture during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A sand sculpture is seen during the Sand Sculpture Festival "Disney Sand Magic" in Ostend, Belgium June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - A beach in Belgium has been transformed into a giant sandy gallery, featuring larger-than-life super heroes, cartoon characters and Cinderella's castle, for one of the world's biggest sand-sculpture festivals.

Working with 7,000 tonnes of sand, a team of 32 artists spent five weeks creating the 150 works for the Ostend Sand Sculpture Festival, which opens on Saturday and runs until September, providing rain does not wash away the exhibits.

Many of the artists work in other mediums, such as wood or marble carving, and said they found sand sculpting presented some challenges.

"What I like in the sand is that you must be very tactile while carving, I am also an ice carver and to compare with ice, the sand is very fragile," Russian artist Sergey Zaplatn told Reuters.

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