The Art of Sand Sculpting. Part 1. Introduction.

Corporate and Community organizations are always on the look out for something a little bit different to entertain their guests. Sand castles might once have been the realm of kids, but in recent decades sand artists have transformed a holiday past time in to remarkable works of art for any occasion and anywhere. The beauty of sand sculpture is that an artist can be engaged to create a larger than life installation or provide a tabletop model. There is no limitation on the location, from classy foyers, to shopping centre malls to beaches. One needs sand water and technique.

Typically as the art form has developed so too have the dos and don’t, the competitions, and the private companies that offer a variety of services. The art has been lifted to such a level of expertise that one particular car company featured sand sculpting in its television promotional campaign.
Sand art is a wide term encompassing the practice of mode ling sand into an artistic form, using sculpting techniques to create sand sculpture, sand painting, or using sand in bottles.
Because of the availability on a beach of sand and water, most sand work takes place there, or in a sandpit. This kind of entertainment of course, is not limited to beaches. As will be discussed later.

But how does sand sculpting work?
Shovels and buckets are the main construction tool used in creating sand structures and sand sculptures, although some people use only their hands. There are also ‘tool kits’ containing a variety of sharp and round implements to create sharp defined edges. One might find similar sculpting tools as in a ceramist’s kit. Sometimes other materials, such as pieces of wood, are added to reinforce structures. Time is an important element and depending on the ‘finish’, sculptures may live for a surprisingly long duration.

Next week, more on the actual technicalities and physicality of sand required to create an imposing masterpiece.