Apparently Sand Sculpting is a thing and I’ve been out of the loop. Incredibly dedicated and dexterous artists have perfected what we, as children all strive for: building the ultimate sand castle. Not only can they create any kind of dreamland and/or castle, these sand artists have expanded their sand art to abstract figures, realism, animals, pyramids, celebrities, and really anything else you can name.
On an annual basis, countries all over the world host Sand Festivals in which contestants enter and compete for first place. Some festivals come with a theme, others divide into categories based on age and teams, but all festivals come with artistry. Some of the most popular festivals are held in Berlin (Sandsation), in Portugal (International Sand Sculpture Festival ) and India (The Goa Sand Art Festival ).
The passion of one man, Sudarshan Patnaik inspired many to become involved in sand art. Not only did he love sculpting sand, he loved sharing it with others. In 1995 his friends and support system helped found the Sand Art Institute in Puri, India.
Now, one might think anyone with a shovel and time can build a sandcastle, it’s not all that cool. Actually, it takes a lot more than just a shovel and time. It takes training, patience, a whole lot of water, knowing the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sand, the understanding of physics and its affect on sand, an awareness of tidal patterns and all kinds of random kitchen tools. There is such a thing as sand-sculpting technique and just like any other art form this takes intense training. The people who enter the professional Sand Festivals are serious about what they do.
Reading about what’s needed and what cautions to take in building a sculpture, has made me want to run to the beach and get started. It sounds like a blast. I’ve never witnessed a sand sculpture, but it’s definitely on my bucket-list (pardon the pun) now.
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