Art in the Sand at the Old Port of Montreal

With rain in the forecast tomorrow I thought I better go check out the sand sculptures in the Old Port. The Art in the Sand (Art en Sable) competition is on between  22nd June and 1st July next to the clock tower and urban beach. Even though we have had some rain, the sculptures were in good shape – but likely tomorrow will change that. Perhaps the artists make repairs during the event?

Like last year, I unfortunately missed seeing the sculptures being built…I must put it in the diary for next year ! Again this year there were 3 main sculptures – this time the theme was sea monsters.

 

Coppertone Art in the Sand

Coppertone Art in the Sand
ISO 100 – 15mm – f5 – 1/500 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Of the 3 sculptures, I think my favorite was the shark coming out of the water…

Sand Shark

Sand Shark
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Shark looking for a beer

Shark looking for a beer
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I tried to get an angle with solely the blue containers (that house the ticket office for the beach) in the background to give a bit of an ocean feel. This was the best I could do…

An ocean of containers

An ocean of containers
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I love the little bits of detail that the artist add – like the name of the boat in the sharks mouth.

Big shark or Tiny boat

Big shark or Tiny boat
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Another angle that I tried to shoot was with City Hall in the background – I thought a shark next to it would be appropriate given all the issues surrounding the Mayor(s) of this City. Unfortunately I couldn’t quite get the angle right, but I thought the idea was good ;-)

Another shark looking for City Hall

Another shark looking for City Hall
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The gap between the water falling off the shark fin made for a good framing of Marché Bonsecours…

Marché Bonsecours framed in sand

Marché Bonsecours framed in sand
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Another sculpture was of a giant octopus…

I See You

I See You
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Sand Octopus

Sand Octopus
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Octopus habitat

Octopus habitat
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The third and final sand sculpture was a wall of sea horse heads – The addition of the bridle was a great touch…

Sand sea horses

Sand sea horses
ISO 100 – 85mm – f5 – 1/500 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

- Martin

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2 Comments

  1. Gracie June 28, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Nice! I didn’t realize they have these at the Old Port. I gotta go check them out. What a coincidence because my post from yesterday and today are also sand sculptures, but mine were photographed in NH last weekend.

    • Montreal in Pictures June 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      Hehehe,,,I did see your great pics of NH sand sculptures…I guess the Montreal sculptures are not looking too good after today :-( I believe the Art en Sable is every year, so there is always 2014 !!

      Have yourself a great weekend Gracie.