The 19th International Sand Sculpture Festival in Scheveningen begins on Sunday, April 25, 2010
The sand sculptures are on display at the boulevard and Scheveningen beach until Monday, June 28. The sculptures are built by the Sand Academy with twelve Sand carvers from Mexico, Ukraine, England, Russia and the Netherlands. The enormous masterpieces are up to 30 meters long, 15 meters wide and 8 meters high of beautiful white sand. The ancient Egyptians were already making sand models of pyramids and monuments 4000 BC, but Scheveningen is the cradle of the sand sculptures in Europe.
The American Gerry Kirk was the first who made his job of making sand sculptures. In 1985 he introduced it in Japan. In 1991 he came to the Netherlands, where a group of students and a team of Kirk built the first big sand castle on the beach of Scheveningen.
Scheveningen may therefore be called the cradle of sand sculptures in Europe. The sand is not from the beach, but the company Dekker van de Kamp from the area of Nijmegen: it selects the sand with a computer for properly granular form and has it registered as “sculpture sand”.
Location: Scheveningen – Netherlands
Date: April 25 – June 28