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"History is a child building a sand-castle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world."
~ Heraclitus, 4th century BC
If it's summer in your part of the world, this is the season for building sandcastles at the seashore as well as sandcastle or sand sculpture contests! In 2017, a sandcastle artist and 30 students created the world's tallest castle which stood more than 48 feet and 8 inches tall inscribed with the words "World Peace." The construction took four days! 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!