SAND SCULPTURE: WESTON SUPER-MARE | CANVAS EXPLORES

SAND SCULPTURE: WESTON SUPER-MARE | CANVAS EXPLORES


Sand is a very unique medium It’s very fast Very forgiving You can make mistakes, bits do fall off And it’s transient, so everything that you make is not going to last forever Nothing does and I find that part quite beautiful The most important lesson we’ve all learnt for sand sculpture is to let go When I first started that’s when I found it more difficult I remember spending weeks making hundreds of little windows on this Victorian house in a snow sea in it I was so meticulous and delicate about every single window and I literally finished it when the rain came down And it just rained and rained and rained and I watched my first piece melting away before my eyes and I was devastated I cried even But since then, I’ve lost more important things than a sand sculpture in my life and that’s definitely helped to let go of these pieces And it’s nice From a practical point of view, we make something and we can recycle it We can use the sand again, make something again So it’s not some written philosophy that we all share, but it’s definitely a common feeling among starters that saying goodbye to your sculptures is one of the best bits You could drive a car into some of the sand sculptures and do more damage to the car The trick is in the preparation because we pact the sand sculptures, using machinery We use lots and lots of water and we compress them using machinery And so all the grains tessellate, they lock together and make a really strong dense structure So the shape and the form will always hold The rain can cause some surface damage, so we might lose bits of detail and some texture But we keep an artist on sight all the time to repair and keep on top of those things But mostly they stand the test of time, we’re open for six months And the ones that we build in the beginning will, touch wood, hopefully be standing by the end Especially because of competitions, the boundaries of sand sculpture are being pushed Artists are going into competitions with free range to do whatever they want and they’re pushing the structural limits of sand They’re pushing the concepts of sand further and it’s becoming and growing more and more as an art form When you go to the beach, you don’t immediately think of going to see an art exhibition We consider ourselves an art exhibition The artists that create the work are some of the best in the world And because of the stepping stone from making sand castles on the beach to the art form We hope that we encourage people to come here and that hopefully they go away with a taste of art with them We brought sand sculptures everywhere, but this is our only major festival event And over the last ten-eleven years, we’ve grown to love Weston-Super-Mare It’s become our second home We’ve seen the seafront completely change, we know the public We know our visitors and we aim to please them We like it here, don’t we?

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