Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to common sand sculpture questions can be found below. Simply click on a subject.
What holds them together?
Our sculptures are made with sand and water only - The key is how the sand is packed.
Though there are many ways to compact sand we use a simple formwork and common construction compactors to do the job. Lumber forms are built and then filled in stages with sand. Each new six inch layer of sand is compacted and the process repeats until the form is completely full. Once filled, the formwork can be removed revealing a solid "block" of densely compacted sand and sculpting can commence.
An illustrated explanation of what hold the sand together.
An illustrated explanation of formwork.
Procedure for an Event
The sculpting phase draws the most attention from the public. So typically we begin construction before the opening of an event, gathering materials and compacting the sand in preparation for sculpting. Beginning prior to the event can provide media with a visual item to focus on leading up to the event's opening.
During an event our sculptors work as "performing artists", creating each sand sculpture through the event and completing it prior to the close of the event. This arrangement allows patrons to view the process, progress, and eventually the finished sculpture itself.
In addition to an ever-expanding "performance art" piece our sculpting days are also filled with demonstrations of sand sculpture techniques, explanations of the process and answering any and all questions from the public or media.
Also, interactive features such as adjoining kids sandboxes, Where's Waldo style games based on off-topic items sculpted into the sand sculpture, competitions and special effects can be integrated into any project.
Sand Sculpture Cost
Our quotes include all materials, labor, insurance, and travel costs necessary for a completed sand sculpture. We will manage all project logistics, and secure all materials and equipment. All you need to do is select the theme or subject matter - We do the rest.
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There are two items that are usually the event producer's responsibility:
1. Fencing or stanchions and ropes at the site.
2. Removal of the sculpture after the end of the event.
However, Sandscapes will gladly supply these items also, if requested.
Cost Saving Options
Sandscapes gives you the option. If you are able to have any materials, or travel expenses supplied, or sponsored your cost can be drastically reduced. For this purpose we include detailed cost breakdowns with our proposals. Materials schedules are available upon request should you consider supplying any travel, or material expenses.
Sand Sculpture Size?
A sand sculpture looks best when it is not dwarfed by the space that it inhabits. With indoor projects this can vary in relation to floor space, or ceiling height. Subject matter also has an effect on the composition of the finished sculpture. For instance, a 50 ton sculpture of a cathedral would be considerably taller than a 50 ton sand sculpture of an automobile.
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Does Weather Affect a Sand Sculpture?
Completing a sculpture in inclement weather is where Sandscapes experience shines. Over time wind and rain can erode a sculpture. Severity of the weather and the type of sand used determine the protective measures we employ. But rest assured, with Sandscapes the project will be finished superbly.
Sand Sculpture Site Selection
A site can be nearly anywhere, but a few considerations should be taken. Access to the site for materials deliveries, the type of surface at the site and the existence of any rooms, tunnels or substructures underneath the site are the primary concerns.
Wildlife, fairy tales, celebrity likenesses or even, yes, castles. These are a few examples of the limitless subjects we can create for you. Our sand sculptures are custom tailored to the theme of your event with the subject matter of your choice. And if sponsors are involved, they will be pleased when they see their corporate logo accurately sculpted right into the sculpture.
In addition to numerous National, International, and Regional titles, Sandscapes holds 12 separate World Sand Sculpting Championships titles. Averaging 40 sand sculptures annually, our sculptors have created hundreds of sculptures of every imaginable subject matter at major venues around the world.
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Sandscapes sculptors understand how important it is to have a project run smoothly for you. Our number one goal is to give you more than you expect. We accomplish this by producing superior sand sculpture, hassle free and affordably priced. Sandscapes supplies the press kit, and manages all aspects of construction.