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JESOLO INTERNATIONAL SAND SCULPTURE FESTIVAL XVIII
"LA GRANDE GUERRA" (THE GREAT WAR - W.W.I )
July 01- August 03, 2015
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CREW OF CARVERS
Susanne Ruseler (Holland)
Susanne

Susanne's Profile


Damon Farmer (USA)
Damon

Damon's Profile
Nicholay Torkhov (Russia)
Nikolay

Nicholay's Profile
Ilya Filimontsev (Russia)
ilya

Ilya's Profile

Baldrick Buckle (United Kingdom)
Baldrick

Baldrick's Profile

Pavel Mylnikov (Russia)
Pavelino

Pavel's  Profile


   [ SUSANNE ]  [ DAMON ]  [ ILYA ]  [ NICHOLAY ]  [ BALDRICK ]  [ PAVEL ]   [ GIANNI ]   [ ELENA ]   [ RICH ]      [ CONTACT ]



Gianni Bottan

Gianni Bottan (Italy)
Chief Field Engineer
Gianni's Profile


elena

Elena Lana (Italy)
Asst. to director
Elena's Profile  


elena

Rich Varano (USA)
The
Director
Rich's Profile  


The Art Student Helpers. Interns from the Guggenheim Academy of Art in Venice.
These fine young people labor for us, in exchange for the experience in sand sculpting and college credit.
GRACIE RAGAZZIE!

Micole
Micole

Martina
Jasmine

giai
Gaia
c
Nicola
hyy
Samuele
cl
Ilaria
beatrice
Beatrice
claudia
Claudia
elena
Cappo Elena

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irected
by Varano Sand Sculpture Company  LLC

aka

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Sultans Of Sand Worldwide
Featured Carver
Susanne Ruseler


Susanne
Susanne Ruseler. Utrecht, Netherlands.
B. October 14, 1976
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
PU3
Susan will be sculpting one half of this poundup.
(Size is in meters)
susannes sketch
This is her sketch idea.
 Women of the War - The Red Cross

  In school, Susanne trained as a scientist (biology). But discovered that art (sculpture) in which she is self taught, was a calling more to her liking as an occupation.
  Besides sand, she also works with snow, ice , concrete, styrofoam, plastics etc.
  She first worked as a pro sand sculptor in Thorn, Netherlands in 2003.
  But I first became aware of her at the North American Sand Sculpting Championships (Virginia Beach) in 2007, and invited her to join the Sultans Of Sand team for the first time to sculpt in the "China & the Olympics" show in Jesolo, in 2008. She instantly became one of my favorite carvers, and has worked with us on both the summer and the winter shows in Jesolo ever since, as well as a couple of promotional spots in Austria, and Rome, for a total of 16 engagements. See more images of her work for us in the Sultans Of Sand archives.
  She has won dozens of international awards, and is currently one of the hottest and most sought after carvers on the world sand sculpting tour.
See more about her own other works here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/susanne_ruseler/
http://susanneruseler.blogspot.nl/
https://www.facebook.com/susanneruseler

 

She will be sculpting on the largest PU in the show, on the centerpiece, doing one sculpture, while her colleague and life partner Ilya will be sculpting a different piece on the other side.
 Her sculpture is an emotional one, showing the compassionate care of the women of the Red Cross in W.W.I
 [ TOP ]      [ SUSANNE ]  [ DAMON ]  [ ILYA ]  [ NICHOLAY ]  [ BALDRICK ]  [ PAVEL ]   [ GIANNI ]   [ ELENA ]   [ RICH ]      [ CONTACT ]
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Another fine exhibition of world class sand sculpture.  
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d
irected
by Varano Sand Sculpture Company  LLC

aka

"The Sultans Of Sand Worldwide"
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Sultans Of Sand Worldwide
Featured Carver
Damon Farmer


Damon Farmer
Versailles, Kentucky. USA
b. November 22, 1948


One of two sculpture scenes:
baracca
Francesco Baracca
The second of 2 scenes
Alpini
Alpini

Damon works in a variety of artistic mediums. His paintings have been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows.  He also creates theatrical sets and public art projects, but he is best known as an international grandmaster sand sculptor and has participated in thirty Jesolo sand events.  Sometimes painting murals to enhance the displays, but mainly to sculpt sand.  He has been the World champion, American champion, and North American champion multiple times.  He has sculpted sand for displays and competitions at events in China, Puerto Rico, Japan, Canada, Spain, Mexico, France and Italy as well as many locations in the USA. His sand art has been featured in TV shows, magazines, newspapers, calendars and postcards worldwide.  In whatever medium he utilizes, a sense of wonder, whimsy, amusement, and story-telling are characteristic qualities of his creations.
 Damon began sculpting sand in 1975, at Pensacola Beach, FL, USA. He was inspired by a visit to a Civil War fort, -He created a replica.
 His first pro engagement in sand was in 1990, at Ocean City, MD, for Gerry Kirk.
 His favorite things or subjects to sculpt in sand are; faces. hands, various other body parts, cloth...and machines.
Awards include (but are not limited to) World Solo Champion, 1996.  North American Solo Champion 8 times.
 He is happily married since 1998.  Has one cat-Pooka, & one dog-UB313.  "We live in a forested area of Kentucky and enjoy canoeing, chess, and riding my antique Harley.  Also not adverse to breaking out my harmonica."

  To see Damon's other work or for more info, see:
    shadetreestudio.com, damonfarmer.com, or email:  sandcutter@aol.com

 Damon and Varano competed against one another at the contest in Virginia Beach for a few years before actually meeting each other, in Ft Lauderdale Florida, in 1992 for a large group project the Sultans Of Sand was doing there.
 They have been fast friends ever since and Damon has played key roles in many SoS projects from carving, to scenic design, to creative counsel and art directing, for many years. This is his 30th time in Jesolo, but he has also represented the company at various other events and venues as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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 Damon will sculpt the scene of Baracca (above) on this poundup. (dimensions are in meters)
pu 1 & 2 (two sided)
 Damon will sculpt the Alpine soldiers scene (above) on one long side of this PU

[ TOP ]      [ SUSANNE ]  [ DAMON ]  [ ILYA ]  [ NICHOLAY ]  [ BALDRICK ]  [ PAVEL ]   [ GIANNI ]   [ ELENA ]   [ RICH ]      [ CONTACT ] ]
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Another fine exhibition of world class sand sculpture.  
Designed &
d
irected
by Varano Sand Sculpture Company  LLC

aka

"The Sultans Of Sand Worldwide"
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Sultans Of Sand Worldwide
Featured Carver
Ilya Filimontsev


ilya
Ilya Filimontsev. - Moscow Russia
b. September 01, 1976
Studied art at Moscow Art College of Applied Arts and Moscow Academic Art Institute named after Surikov
Ilya also works with ice, snow, clay, stone, wood.
He first did pro sand work at the 2005 QuebecExpo, Canada.
Ilya and Varano first met at the World Sand sculpting Championships in British Columbia in 2005.
This is his sixth engagement here in Jesolo. His first work with the Sultans Of Sand was in 2012, for  "Venizia Invasion Of the Goths"

" I like sculpting human figures, but I also like interesting experiments."

See more of Ilya's other works at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/119011598@N08/sets/72157641635399675/
&
https://www.facebook.com/ilya.filimontsev

                                                                                                                                                       


Ilya's sketch idea for his piece this year.

foxhole
 Another day in the trenches




PU3

Ilya will be sculpting one half of this poundup.
(Size is in meters)



                                                                                                                             
                                                                                             
[ TOP ]      [ SUSANNE ]  [ DAMON ]  [ ILYA ]  [ NICHOLAY ]  [ BALDRICK ]  [ PAVEL ]   [ GIANNI ]   [ ELENA ]   [ RICH ]      [ CONTACT ]
[ WORLD WAR I   HOME  [ PHOTOS ]   [ CREW ]    [ TECHNICAL DATA ]   [ JESOLO ARCHIVES ]   [ SULTANS OF SAND HOME ]     [ CONTACT  ]
Another fine exhibition of world class sand sculpture.  
Designed &
d
irected
by Varano Sand Sculpture Company  LLC

aka

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Sultans Of Sand Worldwide
Featured Carver
Nicholay Torkhov

Nikolay
Nicholay Torkhov. The village of Agro-deserts, Russia.
b. June 06, 1981.
  Like three other artists on the crew, Nicholay will be creating two sculptures in the show this year.                                                        
 Bafile
               The Death of a Hero, Andrea Bafile                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                            
pu 1 & 2 (two sided)
 Nicholay will sculpt the scene depicting the death of the Italian war hero Andrea Bafile on one long side of this PoundUp

 Nicholay graduated from the Russian Academy of Arts, Department of Sculpture. He works with different materials: bronze, stone, wood, ice. The first he worked for the Sultans Of Sand was in Jesolo in 2014 the theme of the four elements. I did the sculpture "Hell."  The first time he worked with sand was in 2007 in Moscow. It was a small competition, and his sculpture theme was dedicated to nature. Mostly, he likes to render realism. He and Varano met for the first time in Moscow at a sand sculpture festival there in 2007.
 "I just love to do a good job. I rarely take part in competitions."
  He loves horse riding and singing. This marks his third time working with the Sultans Of Sand  Worldwide organization.
Ungaretti
The Italian Poet, Giuseppe Ungaretti


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He will be sculpting a scene of the Italian poet and W.W.I Soldier, Giuseppe Ungaretti on one half of this PU.

[ TOP    [ SUSANNE ]  [ DAMON ]  [ ILYA ]  [ NICHOLAY ]  [ BALDRICK ]  [ PAVEL ]   [ GIANNI ]   [ ELENA ]   [ RICH ]      [ CONTACT ]
[ WORLD WAR I   HOME  [ PHOTOS ]   [ CREW ]    [ TECHNICAL DATA ]   [ JESOLO ARCHIVES ]   [ SULTANS OF SAND HOME ]     [ CONTACT  ]
Another fine exhibition of world class sand sculpture.  
Designed &
d
irected
by Varano Sand Sculpture Company  LLC

aka

"The Sultans Of Sand Worldwide"
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Sultans Of Sand Worldwide
Featured Carver
Baldrick Buckle

Baldrick
Baldrick Buckle, Esq. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
b. Sometime in the late 20th century.

Family and War:
Mother and Son
xmas truce
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Baldrick will sculpt two scenes. One will be of  an Italian W.W.I soldier with his mother, on one half of  this sized poundup.
"My name is Baldrick. I originate from the UK but have been based in Amsterdam for the last 23 years. I made my first sand sculpture on a Dutch beach with my friend in 1996 and it was not long before we had both quit our commitments and started our sand sculpture company Sandaholics Anonymous.
Shortly after we began our company I received my first invitation to sculpt in Jesolo. I have been lucky enough to have worked here many times since then and have seen how this wonderful event has evolved over the years.
Although sand sculpture still remains my main source of income I have worked in many other materials including ice and snow, brick, cheese (yes cheese) and chocolate.
In 2002 I took 5 years out of the sand world and studied fine art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. I still work in my studio when I’m not sculpting sand which is not very often these days.
I look forward to many more years visiting and sculpting sand in Jesolo."
 Look for more of Baldricks wiork for this company in Sultans Of Sand Archives, and in the Sand Nativity record

                                                                                                                                                                     
Xmas Truce at Flanders
xmas truce at flanders
pu 1 & 2 (two sided)
 The second scene he will carve is on one long side of this PU. It will be a scene of the Xmas Truce at Flanders, in Belgium.

[ TOP ]       [ SUSANNE ]  [ DAMON ]  [ ILYA ]  [ NICHOLAY ]  [ BALDRICK ]  [ PAVEL ]   [ GIANNI ]   [ ELENA ]   [ RICH ]      [ CONTACT ]
[ WORLD WAR I   HOME  [ PHOTOS ]   [ CREW ]    [ TECHNICAL DATA ]   [ JESOLO ARCHIVES ]   [ SULTANS OF SAND HOME ]     [ CONTACT  ]
Another fine exhibition of world class sand sculpture.  
Designed &
d
irected
by Varano Sand Sculpture Company  LLC

aka

"The Sultans Of Sand Worldwide"
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Sultans Of Sand Worldwide
Featured Carver
Pavel Mylnikov

Pavelino
Pavel Milnikov. Moscow, Russia.
b. Sometime in 1978

Pavel will be creating two sculptures
shooter

 The Assassination of Archduke  Ferdinand

One is in memory of the recent disaster in Nepal
nepal
Nepal Tribute

  Pavel is a bit of a sand magician. I think of him as "The Great Pavelino"
 He's a classically trained artist of the Russian school.
 He has won awards at numerous international sand events.
 Including the Tournament of Champions once, with me as his partner.
 He produces events in sand and ice in Moscow with his Russian partners.
 He also works in other mediums.
 He has been a fixture of more than 20twenty events here.
 He usually creates the Portrait Pieces for the "Peace Keeper" series at the annual Sand Nativity, here.

                               
pu 1 & 2 (two sided)
 Pavel will sculpt the scene depicting the death of Archduke Ferdinand on one long side of this PoundUp

                                                                           
pu4
The Nepal Tribute sculpture is on  this size poundup
(dimensions are in meters)

[ TOP ]      [ SUSANNE ]  [ DAMON ]  [ ILYA ]  [ NICHOLAY ]  [ BALDRICK ]  [ PAVEL ]   [ GIANNI ]   [ ELENA ]   [ RICH ]      [ CONTACT ]
[ WORLD WAR I   HOME  [ PHOTOS ]   [ CREW ]    [ TECHNICAL DATA ]   [ JESOLO ARCHIVES ]   [ SULTANS OF SAND HOME ]     [ CONTACT  ]
Another fine exhibition of world class sand sculpture.  
Designed &
d
irected
by Varano Sand Sculpture Company  LLC

aka

"The Sultans Of Sand Worldwide"
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Sultans Of Sand Worldwide
Featured Crew Member
Gianni Bottan
Cappo di Sabbia (boss of the sand)

Gianni Bottan
Gianni Bottan -Jesolo, Italy
b. December 27, 1952                                        
 Everything in life needs a good foundation upon which to build from. This is never more true than in the art of sand sculpting.
Be it a small, fun, day-piece at the beach, or a major installation of colossal size and proportions.

 Gianni Bottan has been instrumental in seeing to it that all of our in-the-field sand engineering in Jesolo is done to optimum standards, for more than a decade.
 Being responsible for twenty shows and many thousands of tons of sand, in dozens of poundups, to be readied for the artists to carve.
  He is extremely able and capable. And as a naturally critical thinker, he has the ability to solve would-be technical problems on the fly, to the extent that they never really become problems at all.   
 He is one of the most important people responsible for the ultimate success of the finished operations.
Grazie, amico mio!
~Rv

cappo di sabbia
Rich (L) & Gianni (the mountain) Bottan
[ TOP ]      [ SUSANNE ]  [ DAMON ]  [ ILYA ]  [ NICHOLAY ]  [ BALDRICK ]  [ PAVEL ]   [ GIANNI ]   [ ELENA ]   [ RICH ]      [ CONTACT ]
[ WORLD WAR I   HOME  [ PHOTOS ]   [ CREW ]    [ TECHNICAL DATA ]   [ JESOLO ARCHIVES ]   [ SULTANS OF SAND HOME ]     [ CONTACT  ]
Another fine exhibition of world class sand sculpture.  
Designed &
d
irected
by Varano Sand Sculpture Company  LLC

aka

"The Sultans Of Sand Worldwide"
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Sultans Of Sand Worldwide
Featured Crew Member
Elena Lana

Assistant to the director
Elena Lana
Elena Lana Jesolo, Italy
b. February 13, 1990                                        

 Elena graduated from the high school of art in Venice, Liceo Artistico Statale, in 2009. She went on to attended the University Ca’Foscari of Venice studying Economics and Art Management, and graduated there with the thesis “Study of the sand events produced by the City of Jesolo”.
Having been involved with the Jesolo sand events for eight years, beginning as an art student intern for three years, she officially joined the staff as (the most valuable) assistant to the director and the production coordinator for the show in 2012.
She now works also as teacher in the high school of art in Venice, and also as cataloger assistant in the Biennale Art show if Venice.
Most recently she has worked as scenic artist for the theme park “Aqualandia” in Jesolo, on the renovation project for the summer of 2015.
She loves to work with children, both as a teacher of sand sculpture and as an organizer of events for children.

elena

                                                                                                                           
                                                                                             
[ TOP ]      [ SUSANNE ]  [ DAMON ]  [ ILYA ]  [ NICHOLAY ]  [ BALDRICK ]  [ PAVEL ]   [ GIANNI ]   [ ELENA ]   [ RICH ]      [ CONTACT ]

[ WORLD WAR I   HOME  [ PHOTOS ]   [ CREW ]    [ TECHNICAL DATA ]   [ JESOLO ARCHIVES ]   [ SULTANS OF SAND HOME ]     [ CONTACT  ]
Another fine exhibition of world class sand sculpture.  
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d
irected
by Varano Sand Sculpture Company  LLC

aka

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Sultans Of Sand Worldwide
Featured Crew Member
Rich Varano

Artistic Director
Rich Varano (USA)
b. March 30, 1958  
Owner & Managing director of:
Varano Sand Sculpture Co. LLC
                       &
the Sultans Of Sand Worldwide
   
(A consortium of international master sand sculptors from around the globe)                                                                                                   
 I am a second generation sand sculptor. I began playing in the sand as a hobby at my fathers feet on New Smyrna Beach, where I grew up, since I was six years old in 1964.
 I have been doing sand art for a living since the early 1980's.
 I am grateful that I have been able to be commercially successful, as well as having won numerous awards in international competition around the world, all by doing something I love. But, that the work brings joy to others, is the best part. :)
   I have been involved here with the Jesolo sand events from the start, 18 years ago when I was invited by Sandy Feet (Texas, USA) to be a part of the first contest the city produced here.
   I've been honored to be directing the event for the city, -at their request each summer ever since.
  After eight years in, we also developed the Jesolo Sand Nativity, put on each winter at Christmas time.
  Both events have come to be known for quality entertainment and fine art, and are regaled by carvers and spectators alike as some of the finest such shows of their kind on the world tour of major sand events.
  I wish to thank all the many carvers, local technicians & contractors, art student helpers and the city administrators and our sponsors, for making these events possible, year after year. As well as all the fine people who come to see our shows.
THANK YOU!
~Rich Varano


                                                                                                                           
                                                                                             
[ TOP ]    [ SUSANNE ]  [ DAMON ]  [ ILYA ]  [ NICHOLAY ]  [ BALDRICK ]  [ PAVEL ]   [ GIANNI ]   [ ELENA ]   [ RICH ]      [ CONTACT ]
[ WORLD WAR I   HOME  [ PHOTOS ]   [ CREW ]    [ TECHNICAL DATA ]   [ JESOLO ARCHIVES ]   [ SULTANS OF SAND HOME ]     [ CONTACT  ]
Another fine exhibition of world class sand sculpture.  
Designed &
d
irected
by Varano Sand Sculpture Company  LLC

aka

"The Sultans Of Sand Worldwide"
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