Sand sculptures take shape on beach
PUBLISHED: 17:30 21 May 2012
preparations are well under way for the 7th weston sand sculpture festival 2012. sculptors from all over the world are coming to weston this week to sculpt these compacted towers of sand into wonderfull designs on the theme of sports,toys and games. the sand has come directly of the beach at wsm and is sprayed with water in layers and then compacted by wacker trench compactors. the wooden box forms just hold it in place whilst its being compacted. the tallest tower is over 7 m tall and i believe it will be sculpted into a giant teddy bear. the festival will be open from the 1st june.check out www.westonsandsculpture.co.uk
local chainsaw carver martin shepheard (aka Mr Shep) will be learning how to sculpt sand . this will be a change from him sculpting tree trunks with his chainsaws . www.mrshep.com
there will be workshops for children and adults at the festival showing them how to sculpt sand. and there will be a competition for children to design a toy of the future. this will be sculpted in sa
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GIANT structures are rising out of Weston’s beach as final preparations get underway for the seventh Sand Sculpture Festival.
Huge towers of compacted sand have been growing on the beach at Weston super mare . These will be sculpted by artists from all over the world into designs on the theme of sports toys and games. Www.westonsandsculpture.co.uk
These photos were taken by reader Martin Shepheard of the developing sculptures on the town’s seafront and sent in to us using our new iwitness website.
The event, the largest of its kind in the UK, will begin on June 1 and last until September 4.
Sand from the resort’s beach is sprayed with water in layers, and then packed together by trench compactors. The tallest tower, which will be held in place by a wooden box during construction, is more than 7m tall.
And Mr Shepheard himself will be getting involved – usually a chainsaw carver, he will be learning how to sculpt sand at the show.
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