Frequently Asked Questions

Are the sand sculptures made of sand and water only?

Yes, only sand and water are used. In general the sand grains have to be sharp edged. This structure of the grains makes the sand “click” together when the sand is compacted into a dense mass, while using water during this process. Usually, river sand is more suitable than beach sand, but there are exceptions to this rule.

What kind of sand is being used?

The sand used for this sculpture is special sculpting sand which is reclaimed from the river the Maas near Nijmegen.

What happens when it rains?

When it rains, nothing happens. The rain water drains into the sand and evaporates when it stops raining. Only during severe rain storms, the horizontal surfaces might show little dents where the rain drops hit the surface.

What happens in case of strong winds?

Wind is generally no problem for a sand sculpture. Because of the compaction process, the wind has no effect on a sculpture.

How long can a sand sculpture last?

When a sand sculpture is created outdoor, it will last for a few weeks up to a few months, depending on the climate. When a sculpture is built indoor, it can last forever, as long as people don’t touch the sculpture.

Do you have to keep a sand sculpture moist when it is finished?

No, the sand has to be moist when you work on a sculpture. The sculptors use plant sprayers during the creation. When the sculpture is finished, it can dry out completely. The sculpture will not crumble because of the compaction process.

Where can you learn to make sand sculptures?

Everybody can learn the base Technics of sand sculpting! But of course you will need to have a lot of patients and practice before you master it and call yourself a sand sculptor. There is a select group of people in the world who have studied different art forms and have become full time professional sand sculptors. Most of them have over 20 years of experience and fly around the world to build beautiful sand sculptures.

Who is the organisation behind these sand sculptures?

The World Sand Sculpting Academy is an international network of professional organisations in the field of sand sculpting. The Head Office in Holland also houses the international Knowledge Centre on sand sculpting. According to the international standards of WSSA, sand sculpting activities and events are organised world wide and throughout the year.

Can the sand sculptures be visited free of charge?

Yes! The sand sculptures can be visited free of charge. Take a look at the “Route and locations” to see where all the sculptures are.

Do you have to maintain a sand sculpture?

If nobody touches the sand sculptures, then they don’t have to be maintained.