GROWING old is inevitable, but an exhibition on the Mornington Peninsula paying tribute to evergreen fantasy hero Peter Pan will help visitors relive and share some fond childhood memories.
A series of sand sculptures created by international artists will be on display at Boneo Maze in Fingal until January 28.
The exhibition includes four-metre sculptures of Peter Pan and storybook companions Captain Hook and Mr Smee, the Lost Boys of Never-Never Land, Tinkerbell, Indians and Mermaids and the Tick-Tock Crocodile.
The maze’s gardens and wetlands serves as a spectacular backdrop for the exhibition, which is already open.
Event director Evie Wittingslow urged people to visit the exhibition.
“There’s something truly magical about seeing these characters we have grown up with come to life as giant sand sculptures,” she said.
“Everyone loves the story of the boy who could fly and doesn’t grow up, and it’s fitting that we’re welcoming Peter Pan and his friends into our enchanting gardens here at Boneo Maze.”
The exhibition is presented by Sand Sculpting Australia, which has presented 19 major sand sculpting events that have been enjoyed by more than 2.2 million people since 2004.
The sculptures are displayed along the water’s edge and run through to an activity zone which is bound to keep the youngsters entertained all day.
Fifteen award-winning sand sculptors have created the sculptures, using more than 3500 tonnes of sand.
Sand sculptor Joris Kivits from the Netherlands estimated about 5000 hours had been spent creating the artworks.
The process also included the use of bonding and loam to strengthen the sculptures and use of specialist carving tools to detail them.
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IF YOU GO…
Boneo Maze offers 11 hectares of lush gardens and wetlands to be explored.
The site has plenty for young and old to explore including hedge mazes, giant chess and outdoor games, wetland and boardwalk trails, a jumping castle, sand play activities, a bungee trampoline, rock climbing wall, kids train, vintage carousel and 18 holes of mini golf – 5988-6385, or click here.