22 Nov

A Must-See Collaboration Sand Safari Arts Festival

Internationally-acclaimed local artist Clayton Blake, will showcase two of his extraordinary works of art across the duration of Sand Safari Arts Festival. A thicket of large scale tentacles will ignite Cavill Mall along with a cast of migrating solider crabs converging on Surfers Paradise beach – reflecting the beings of fairy tale dreams.

“Clayton is a student of contemporary sculpture and a creator of interesting & thought provoking objects.” Cortney McCue


“Tentacle Tales” features eight larger than life octopus tentacles embellished in well-known and cherished fairy tales. This stunningly spectacular exhibit is in collaboration with local mixed media artist, Courtenay McCue (CRT Designs) a true visionary that draws her inspiration from her upbringing.

“I am excited to be a part of the Sand Safari Festival in 2020 to be working alongside Clayton Blake. I have admired his work for a long time and feel honoured to have been asked to collaborate on such a large scale artwork for the festival.” – Cortenay McCue


A colossal cast of 500 plus electric blue soldier crabs – “Migration”, will be set in the sand of Surfers Paradise beach. Each crab in the creative army is fitted with legs and eyes to enhance the artwork’s crustacean-like appearance – this vast and enchanting installation is sure to spark the imagination of all ages.

Clayton has been fortunate to have exhibited work globally including Burning Man (USA), Nipton California (USA), Rainbow Serpent (VIC) and Sculpture by the Sea (NSW). He has exhibited at Swell Sculpture (QLD) several times and has been awarded the Kids Choice Award 2017, Bendigo Bank Artists Peer Award 2016, Neumann Foundation Award 2016 & Kids Choice Award 2016. He has also won the prestigious Stipend Award at Harbour Sculpture in Sydney 2015.

Amazing by day and even more striking by night, both these creative works provide a reason to visit more than once, with colour, scale and above all awe-inspiring creativity. Be sure you don’t miss these amazing installations before they disappear.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *