Wild Florida, Past, Present & Future will be the theme for the 2013 Art of Sand exhibit, which will be held at Brevard Zoo from February 16 to May 27. Each year the exhibit is held in a different location and has a different theme.
The sand sculptures will be located on a quarter-mile trail within the zoo and there will be 13 master sand sculptors represented. The theme, Wild Florida: Past, Present, & Future, will trace the history of wildlife and humans on the Florida peninsula. And it is just in time to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s first exploration of North America.
This exhibit has a separate admission price of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children ages 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. That is in addition to the regular zoo admission price. Budget-conscious parties that would also enjoy the zoo's Treetop Trek should read Brevard Zoo announces new admission pricing to learn about savings.
Art of Sand camps
This exhibit has always found creative ways of involving the community and making the exhibit educational as well as physically appealing. This year, there will be four such opportunities:
- Feb. 18 - Go on animal guided tours, journey back 500 years with Juan Ponce de Leon’s crew as the discover La Florida. Camp includes the chance to learn sand sculpture. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $45 Member and $50 Non-member ($5 discount until 1/31/13).
- April 13 - Designed for families with children ages 4 years and older. Family members will join Ponce de Leon’s expedition as they discover native animals of La Florida. Encounter things never before seen in 1513 on this amazing journey. This activity includes an animal encounter, guided Zoo excursion and lots of family fun! Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Cost per person: $9 for members / $12 for non-members.
- May 11 - This night hike is designed for youth ages 5 to 12 years. Campers will sculpt their way through time as they investigate Florida animals of the past, present and future. . Hike will include Art of Sand exhibit tour. Time: 5 - 9 p.m. Cost per person: $24 for members / $27 for non-members.
- May 28-31 – Four-day adventure camp for children entering grades one through six. Campers will learn about Florida animals, past, present, and future through the sand sculptors of animals. They will experience 'hands-on' learning with their own sand art, meet live animals, play exciting games and more! Time 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Cost per person for the four days: $200 for members / $280 for non-members.
The attached video, Art of Sand Festival 2010, created and shared by Florida Space Coast, shows how an exhibit like Art of Sand evolves from a pile of sand to a masterpiece. Then look at the finished products from the same exhibit, which took place at the Radisson Resort in Cape Canaveral. 2010 was the first Art of Sand exhibit and the general theme was ' Sand sculpting is art '. Each artist was to create a sculpture of something that represented an art to them.