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May 5, 2017

Swapping Two Sticks For Four Wheels, And Gnomes Everywhere.

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The entrance to the Sand Sculpture festival in Garderen is full of references to the Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet.

He was well known for his paintings of gnomes and wildlife animals.

There are references to this all around the entrance area, from tiny gnomes on the entrance hall structure to a gallery of his wildlife posters as you walk in to see the sand sculptures.

They “hide” in the rafters, “relax” on the beams and the more I look the more of them I see.

I definitely would not consider myself a fan of gnomes, but some of these are rather cute. (not in the “I-want-to-take-one home” sense, but more in the “these-make-me-smile” kind of way).

One thing that is excellent about this place is that it is possible to reserve a wheelchair for use inside the exhibition.I have done just that: wheeling myself around will be so much easier than using the crutches. Therefore if the viewpoint is from a little lower angle than might be expected, this is why. Progress may be slow but I will get there in the end. I’m delighted to see what the sand sculpture artists have come up with this year… their work is just around the corner.

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The sign in the next photograph invites visitors to feel some of the sand that the sculptures are made of…

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“Kabouter” translates as “Gnome”…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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