There has been a Sand Sculpture Exhibition in the centre of Den Haag (The Hague), and liking all things creative, I went along for a look-see and took my camera… from far away they don’t seem so large…
But once you are up close, it’s clear that more than a regular bucket and spade were used to create these…
Answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions were displayed as well.. translated these ones read:
Question: Are the Sand Sculptures made of only sand and water?
Answer: Yes, they are made from only sand and water. The sand used is special river sand that has rough grains. Generally, in comparison, sand from sea beaches has rounder grains which makes it very difficult to use in sculpture work because the grains slide off each other like a pile of marbles.
Question: Where does this sand come from?
Answer: Sand supplier K3 sources this sand from the area around Nijmegen. They use computers to select the correct type of sand for Sand Sculpture work.
Question: What happens if it rains?
Answer: Nothing happens to the sculpture if it rains, the rain is absorbed into the sand, which dries out again once it stops raining. Only when it rains extremely hard, it’s possible that the impact of the rain can create tiny pits on the surface of the the horizontal sections of the sculpture.
Question: What happens if there is a storm or strong winds?
Answer: Wind is no problem for sand sculptures, the sand has been very well compacted and the wind doesn’t make an impact on it at all. In fact, sand sculptures can withstand Gale Force 7 wind speeds.
I took a heap of photos, I will come back and show you more shortly.