Vatican sand nativity scene

A nativity scene made entirely of sand is on display at the Vatican.

Made out of 720 tonnes of sand, is 5.5m high (18ft) and 16m wide

The Vatican nativity Scene, sculpted from sand, is inaugurated at St Peter's Square in Vatican City on 7 December 2018
The sand, offered by the town of Jesolo in Veneto, has been mixed with water and compressed into blocks to make it durable. Image Copyright: EPA.

 

The sand sculpture was unveiled at the same time as the official St Peter's Square Christmas tree lighting ceremony
The scene features Joseph, Mary, angels, shepherds, animals and the three kings…Image Copyright: EPA.

 

The Vatican nativity Scene, sculpted from sand, is inaugurated at St Peter's Square in Vatican City on 7 December 2018
…as well as Jesus as an infant. Image Copyright: EPA

 

The scene was inaugurated earlier this month along with a giant Christmas tree
It was inaugurated earlier this month on St Peter’s Square along with a giant Christmas tree. Image Copyright: AFP

 

Sand sculptors Radovan Zivny, Susanne Ruseler, Ilya Filimontsev and Rich Varano pose in front of the nativity scene as the artwork is inaugurated at St Peter's Square in Vatican City, 7 December 2018
The work was made by US sand artist Rich Varano (R) and three sculptors: Radovan Zivny (L), Susanne Ruseler (CL) and Ilya Filimontsev (CR). Image Copyright: EPA

 

The Vatican nativity Scene, sculpted from sand, is inaugurated at St Peter's Square in Vatican City on 7 December 2018
The scene will be on display until 13 January. Image Copyright: EPA

 

First Published 17.12.18: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46591761

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