After making some changes in management, the International Sand Sculpture Exhibition in Niagara Falls is finally ready for business.
The new attraction opening Friday, August 9th is located in the former Niagara Falls Memorial Arena, within walking distance of Falls Avenue Resort.
The exhibition area is more than 16,000-square-feet and the exhibits required about 6.6-million pounds of sand (three-million kilograms), at a cost of 3 Million dollars. Some of the sculptures are over six metres tall and depict key figures and events from the War of 1812.
In March, hundreds of locals turned out to preview the exhibition for free, but the official opening date was pushed back because some details still needed to be worked out.
Alexey Glukhov, president of V2 Niagara Inc., said this exhibition was created so that Canadians could not only learn more about this part of their history, but as a way to attract more tourists to Niagara Falls.
By The Numbers
- 17: Artists
- 25: Sculptures
- 16,000: sq. ft. exhibit area
- 6.6: Million lbs of sand