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How to build a sand sculpture

Sand is a fragile material to work with. Professional sculptors therefore use a special kind of sand for their sculptures. The sand must contain the right grains and have a specific clay content.

First, the sand is pressed and shaped into large square blocks. One by one, the blocks are stacked on top of each other, like building blocks. During the pressing of the blocks, water is poured over to make the sand and water bind better.

Once the blocks have reached the desired height, the sand sculptor begins shaping his sculpture. Starting at the top, he gradually works his way down. The sculptor must always ensure that proportions are correct – there is no room for mistakes.

It takes about 60 hours – and 12 tons of sand – to make a 13 feet sand sculpture.

 

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