Sand sculpting is the oldest form of sculpting in the world. The history of sand sculpting dates back to prehistoric times. It is believed that the ancient Egyptians produced a sand sculpture version of the pyramids. It is also believed that Balaram Das, an Indian poet, built a sand sculpture in the 14th century. These conjunctures are unfounded and do not really have strong evidences that validate their accuracy.
When was Sand Sculpting invented?
However, it was not until the nineteenth century that the first documented sand and serious sand sculpture was built. The first known sand sculptures are those from Atlantic City in New Jersey. At this time, sand sculpting became a lucrative profession as spectators and passersby often give money to sculptors. Thus, a lot of people began venturing into the business to the point that it became a nuisance.
The 20th century saw a tremendous increase in the popularity of the art of sand sculpting. Sand sculptures were built around beachside resorts. More so, competitions were often held which resulted in a dramatic increase of the level of art created. These competitions started offering nice prices which attracted across the globe.
The Sand Sculptors International (SSI)
Sand sculpting competitions do not only attract sculptors from different geographical regions, they also do attract spectators from across the world. This has also fueled sand sculpting and even made it more outstanding in the world today. More and more countries of the world have now become interested in sculpting such that now there are various sandsculpting competitions across the world.
Sculptures are one of the features people look out for in beaches and vacation centers. However, history has it that the modern day sand sculpting actually began in California in the 1970s. This was made possible by the Sand Sculptors International (SSI), a team formed by Todd VanderPluym and Gerry Kirk. The Organization established a standard for sand sculpting.
They achieved this huge feat by bringing a group of sculptors together to sculpt different castles, architectures and so forth. This birthed the modern day sand sculpting and established a standard for sculpting in the world.
Popularity of the Art
From this time, sand sculpting soon spread to the nations of the world and sculptures became major sites in virtually all the beachsides. Sand sculpting also became a very important profession in western Europe as a lot of projects are being built to outmatch the already existing ones. It is also important to note that sand sculpting is still evolving. It therefore goes without saying that sand is one of the most exceptional inexhaustible and renewable resources to create art.
Sculptors work with a special type of sand known as heavy sand. There is indeed no limitation to sand sculpting. Different kinds of shapes can be draw as far as the human imaginative ability can reach. It is hence obvious that sand sculpting is a game of imagination. Sculptors can work with their bare hands or with different kinds of tools including kitchen tools and masonry to create exceptional, artistic and legendry works.