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"When building sand castles on the beach, we can ignore the waves but should watch the tide."
~ Edsger Dijkstra (1930-2002)
If it's summer in your part of the world, this is the season for building sandcastles, making sand angels, or marveling at the creations at sand sculpture contests! Sand sculpting is the oldest form of sculpting in the world and dates back to prehistoric times. It is believed that the ancient Egyptians even produced a sand sculpture version of the pyramids! If you're lucky enough to make it to the seashore or even a backyard sandbox, get your bucket and don't forget the moat! . 🏖️☀️🐚
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan uses the colours of sandy beaches and ocean surf.
Sand sculpture is an art which dates back thousands of years and is a favourite seaside past time. However, for general entertainment, according to Sand Castle Central, the first people to make a profit from sand sculpting as an established art form came from Atlantic City in the late nineteenth century. Spectators treading the boardwalk would throw tips to artists as they moulded the sculpted their sandy creations. Some believe the first true sand sculpture was produced by Philip McCord in 1897, in the macabre form of a drowned mother and baby.
Today, sand castle and sand sculpture contests are held all over the world. Click the castle for a photo gallery of some amazing castles!