Sydney Festival: Plastic balls, synthetic sand used to create event's signature beach

Baku, January 12, AZERTAC

Visitors to the Sydney Festival can swim through a sea of 1.1 million air-filled plastic balls or lounge on the deck chairs and synthetic sand used to create the event's very own signature beach, according to

The organizers of "The Beach at the Cutaway", which has been set up at Barangaroo Reserve, hope the cricket ball-sized spheres will provide the public with just as much fun as a swim in the city's most iconic beaches — without the rips, sharks or blue bottle jellyfish.

The festival's director, Welsey Encoch, said the aim of the exhibit was simple.

"To have fun, to spend some time at a different type of beach is really what it's all about," he said.

The 60m x 23m sea of balls is surrounded by a white synthetic "sand" carpet similar to a synthetic lawn.

Umbrellas and "life guards" are also a feature at the event's beach.

The idea was initially commissioned in 2015 by the National Building Museum in Washington, when the balls were gifted to artists and other organizations.

The Beach is open across the Sydney Festival which runs from January 7 to 29.

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