SNA Postal Office has issued on the 19th September 2004 a revolutionary and unique sand stamp. It displayed the sculpture "Sand Castle", by the artist A. Buonopane, a work that won the third place at the Lido di Jesolo International Sand Sculpting Championship 2002.

     The stamp disappeared from all the sales points worldwide on the issuing day, a tremendous success that led the SNAPO team to issue on the 24th August 2005 a set of four new self-adhesive stamps. The stamps reproduce sculptures presented at the Sand Sculpting Festival 2005 in Lido di Jesolo, Italy. The common theme of the ephemeral works of art was this time "Hollywood".

     As for the first issue, the multi-formatted self-adhesive stamps were manufactured by superposing two hundreds layers of the finest, naturally colored SNA sand. The sand particles were glued together by using the same patented mixture, based on the famous fennec tea. The stamps were printed by the Courvoisier SNA Security Printers Ltd. at Ciudad de Leon, the capital of the SNA. The print run was of only 30,000 stamps. The stamps, as long as still available, can be found in all good philatelic businesses worldwide.

 .  Please take a look at the group picture of the talented artists who exposed their works at Lido di Jesolo in 2005. All works featured on stamps are copyrighted by the respective artists shown above.


Created: 08/24/05. Revised: 01/07/06
Copyright 2005 by the SNA and by Victor Manta.
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