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March 26, 2015

How On Earth Do They Manage To Make The Detail Defy Belief?

There are many more sand sculptures to see in the “Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn”  (Veluwe Sand Sculpture Festival)  that takes place annually in  Garderen,  Today’s post features sand sculptures of  Johan and Cornelis de Witt,  and entire table of figures from the VOC  (Dutch East India Company), the detail of which defied belief, I mean how on earth did they sculpt the rims of the hats, the pierced work in the crown at the very top? … but enough of me drooling over them all,  you really need to see for yourselves…

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8 Comments »

  1. Amazing detail! I like the one which is the building with the pillars and small groups of people standing around. Well, actually I like a lot of them, but that one stands out.

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — March 26, 2015 @ 7:33 am | Reply

    • Elaine,
      In that one with the pillars, as with many others, to me they appear to defy gravity. The arches between the pillars have nothing but air below them, but it all remains standing. There are figures with arms, clothing and many other instances where you would imagine that the sand would simply cave in on itself, but somehow the artists have mastered the technique so that it doesn’t.
      All of it is well worth our deepest admiration of the skills on display here.

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 28, 2015 @ 8:50 am | Reply

    • Elaine,
      I know what the secret is… I found it out from an information board at an earlier sand castle exhibition. They use special river sand that doesn’t fall apart easily, and mixed with just the right amount of water it can be sculpted fairly easily whist staying compact. So even sandcastles located on the beach are not actually beach sand, but river sand.

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 28, 2015 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  2. Wow! Those are amazing.

    Comment by Robin — March 26, 2015 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

    • Robin,
      I agree, apparently this is an annual event so if we are in the neighbourhood next summer I’d love to go again. The detail is even above that of ones I’ve previously seen years ago on the beach, but there have been some in the centre of the Hague that have been as good as these, but on a scale that’s far far smaller than here.

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 28, 2015 @ 8:54 am | Reply

  3. There was for a short time a TV show in the US called Sand Masters which followed a team of sand sculptors on various jobs where corporations hired them to create large sand sculptures. It was fascinating all the detail they could manage with just some sand and water, including open areas like those arches above.

    My favorite of these pictures was the large boat and the one next to it still under construction. Incredible detail!

    Comment by Carrie — April 4, 2015 @ 5:39 pm | Reply


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