Sand Facts

What Is Sand Sculpture

Put simply, a sand sculpture is a construction made only of sand and water. It could be a sand castle, but it could also be a composition of other architectural forms, anatomical figures (people or animals) and objects.

Using the right sand and the right techniques, nearly any shape can be created in sand. Sand sculpture is an art form which was already used by the Egyptians in 4000 BC.

Why Weymouth Sand?

To create these large, beautiful sculptures, the sand grains need to have a slight angle to them. Weymouth sand is ideal.

Are The Sculptures Made With Just Sand & Water ?

Yes, only sand and water are used.

Will The Weather Affect The Sculptures

They are incredibly resistant to the elements. Rain will be absorbed into the sand sculpture and then evaporate; however, heavy, horizontal rain will damage the shape. Because the sand is so well compressed, wind and storms will not grab hold of the sculpture and they can withstand a Force 7 wind.

Will The Sculptures Last The Full Six Month Exhibition Period?

To preserve the shape and integrity of the sculptures, a light pva solution is sprayed over the completed surface.


Did You Know?

  • We have 2000 tonnes of Weymouth beach sand at Sandworld.
  • Sculptures take between five days and three weeks to complete depending on the level of detail and complexity.
  • We pay each sculptor to work for us, we pay their flights and accommodation, and we feed them!
  • We are entirely self funded, we pay VAT rent and taxes same as everyone else!
  • Preparing the sand ready for carving is called the “Pound Up”.
  • To “Pound Up” for each sculpture at SandWorld took between 1 and 3 days, depending on the size of the exhibit. They were made by a specialised crew because the ratio of sand to water and amount of compaction is critical to the integrity and strength of the structure.
  • 96% of Weymouth Beach sand is 0.15 millimetre grain size. It is very fine, just bigger than silt.
  • Wet sand sticks together because of surface tension. When moistened just the right amount, films of water surround each grain of sand. This water forms chemical bonds, much like bridges or interstitial liquid bridges’ as scientist call them. These link the grains and hold them together.If it weren’t for surface tension, sand castle building wouldn’t be nearly as much fun.

 

 

 

"Using the right sand and the right techniques, nearly any shape can be created in sand. Sand sculpture is an art form which was already used by the Egyptians in 4000 BC."

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