The carvers of ‘t Veluws Sand Sculpture Festival processed no less than 2,500 tons of sand. That equates to 80 trucks or 195,750 (!) Buckets filled with sand.
All that sand is shoveled into wooden molds and then expertly tamped with water. Very important, because when the artists start working on it, the block must be as massive as possible.
The artists work from top to bottom while sculpting. Incidentally, different wooden molds can be stacked on top of each other, so a building can only be about four to five meters high.
The sand that is used comes from the Maas. Not for nothing, because river sand has an angular grain, in contrast to beach sand, which has a round grain. So it is better to ‘stack’ with river sand.
The artists really work with everything that is available for cutting and sculpting. You can not think of it that bad.
In addition to a shovel and palette knives, the artists use almost everything available to cut and build sculptures. For example, they also make their sculptures with forks, spoons, onion peelers, straws and even credit cards.
The sand sculptures that the professional carvers make can remain outside for months without being damaged. Even longer indoors, of course, because they are not exposed to the weather.
How is that possible? Simple: when a building is finished, the artificial resin spray a thin layer of varnish over it. In this way, the statue is resistant to rain and curious birds.
Furthermore, a sand sculpture consists entirely of sand, without any additives.
From big to small
Both large and small sculptures are being built on the site of ‘t Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn.
Large, for example, is the building in which the attack on Pearl Harbor is depicted (no less than 11 meters long and almost 5 meters high!). In addition, there are hundreds of small handmade miniatures on display.
As soon as the government allows it, ‘t Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn will be open until the end of October 2021 from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
More info: zandsculpturen.nl
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