The Travemünde Sand World sculpture festival was taking place every summer from 2002 to 2007. It covered an area of approximately 10,000 square meters and had about 450,000 visitors. About 75 sand sculptors came to the Baltic town of Lübeck, Germany, to build masterpieces on the Travemünde beach; by using only water and sand, a mixture that after drying, is hard enough to be carved and transformed into impressive sand sculptures. The sand was not from the Baltic Sea, where the pellets are too round, but from the Maas. Each year's festival had a different theme. The Sand World 2007 was the last one, the visitors being approximately 140,000 behind expectations, mainly due to the summer rains. Also the sister project, the Ice World missed in 2006/2007 the expected number of visitors and will not therefore take place again.
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