Local Heart, Global Soul

June 10, 2019

Lighting Up A New Idea…

2017 was the first year of the Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition that I have seen something that is completely new. New as in “How on earth did they do that? kind of new. What they have done is to take one of the indoor areas and made sand sculptures that have lights inside! These are famous buildings from around the Netherlands and whilst I fully realise that anyone could park a Christmas tree lamp inside a pile of sand, I have no idea how they managed to make this so that the lights sparkle and the sand still gives off the shadows from the buildings form.

Of course maybe the sand is around a hollow interior but somehow I doubt it because it’s the compactness of the sand that allows for this amazing carving, the carvers of these are good enough to not need it and also, if that were the case it was be visible from the outside, which it is not.

The Dutch information boards translate as follows: “The Netherlands has many special buildings. Here you can see some of them sculpted in sand and beautifully illuminated. Not only illuminated from the outside but also from the inside by hundreds of small lights. Be charmed by the beauty of the Dutch city by night.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Dom Tower of Utrecht, Original purpose: part of the Church of the Roman-Catholic diocese of Utrecht
Current use: open to the public, Construction: 1254 -1517, Height: 112.32 m
Monument status: national monument
Interesting information: The tower stands separate from the rest of the church because the nave collapsed.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Gouda City Hall, Original purpose: City Hall, Current use: (Among others) wedding venue
Start construction: 1448 -1459, End of construction: 1459
Monument status: national monument
Interesting information: The Japanese theme park “Huis ten Bosch” which features replicas of many famous Dutch buildings, has actual-size copy of the City Hall

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

sand night Domtoren 1a (Small)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

sand night gouda 1b (Small)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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