By Ray Spiteri, Niagara Falls Review
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
This is one of 25 sand sculptures that will be on display starting Oct. 22 at former Niagara Falls Memorial Arena. The sculptures, created by some of the world’s best sand sculptors, is meant to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. (Ray Spiteri/Niagara Falls Review)
NIAGARA FALLS – One soldier has an arrow through his chest and thigh.
A native combatant captures an enemy from behind at knife point.
These are just two of the 25 sand sculptures that will be on display inside former Niagara Falls Memorial Arena starting Oct. 22.
About 15 of the world’s top sand sculptors have used their artistic talents to honour some of the famous events, places and people involved in the War of 1812.
“It’s definitely going to take their breath away,” said V2 Niagara Inc. spokesman Stas Revura. “This is definitely extraordinary. The size of these sculptures is striking.”
V2 Niagara, the company that bought Memorial Arena from the city in January for $1 million, is putting on the International Sand Sculpture Exhibition. The company was founded by Niagara Falls resident Valeriy Revura and his business partner Vladimir Meshkov.
The company has spent the past few months repainting the outside of the 62-year-old building and fixing the leaking roof. They also redid the interior with decorative walls. They expect to be done the flooring and bathrooms before the Oct. 22 opening.
Dmitry Veremeev, whose company Deviale Holding Ltd. was hired to manage the project, said “a lot of people have been e-mailing and calling” wanting to know when the exhibit will open thanks to recent media coverage.
Valeriy Revura said everyone will be able to relate to the project, as most people have played in sand. But they’ll be amazed at how some of the best and most experienced sculptors were able to craft blocks of special sand into various War of 1812-themed sculptures using just water and some small tools.
“People will remember what they see here,” said Valeriy Revura. “These are big, powerful pieces of art — things people have never seen before.”
Admission prices have not yet been set and Valeriy Revura said there is no time frame for how long the exhibition will last, only saying it would be “open for a while.”
In addition to the bicentennial exhibition, V2 Niagara will also host a pumpkin sculpture exhibit Oct. 22, featuring Ray Villafane and his Villafane Studios, recognized around the world for its elite pumpkin art.