Some only do it for fun—building different kinds of sand art and sculpture during vacations, passing time by making fun art at the beach, or an activity done with children. There are some people, however, who really take it real seriously, making some of the most impressive and seemingly impossible sculptures that have developed into a respected art form.

Sand sculpting has been around for centuries, and it just gets better as years pass. It was sometime in the 1970s when artists have begun thinking of new ideas and designs, and it has since developed as an art form involving healthy creative competition among artists—the sculptures got bigger, designs became more diverse, and execution became more and more intricate. Today, many artists are starting o build another generation of sand sculpture experts creating mind-blowing designs.

From June 11 (Saturday) to September 4, 2011 at the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare in United Kingdom, some of the world’s best sand sculptors will gather to wow the crowds with new stuff, and possibly surprise everyone with designs that have not been done before. With six years of successful events under its belt, this one will certainly promise more impressive works.

Sand art competition is popular in coastal beach areas all over the world, and there are artists that have treated this as their craft their whole lives. Artist G. Augustine Lynas, for instance, is someone who is known for making awe-inspiring designs for more than 50 years and has gained respect and inspiration from new artists who wish to make a mark on the sand sculpting art form.

It was in 2005 when a sample of sand was sent to the World Sand Sculpting Academy in Holland. This was the beginning of something great, for the academy said that it was a “sculptor’s dream come true,” and plans started to fall into place.

In 2006, Dutch sculptors Joris and Jaap created a huge and breathtaking a 10-feet King Kong sculpture that required 20 tonnes of sand. In 2007, a fairytale theme was amazingly executed by artists making art inspired by Tales of the Brothers Grimm.  In 2008, continents such as Uluru, Machu Piccu were recreated in sand. It’s pretty difficult to believe that only two basic ingredients (sand and water) are the only things needed for building!

The theme for this year is “Jungle,” and the sculptors will be creating their art on the first week, so visitors will be able to see them in action. Watch their creations unfold into some magnificent pieces, which will be exhibited until September. Since Weston-super-Mare is known for its great beaches, you can also take a dip in its clear waters as you watch the sculptures take shape.

Being in the festival would make visitors feel like they’re in a totally different world. Just imaging walking along huge structures that look like they’ve been there for ages. This year, there surely will be more elaborate designs and impressive styles of sand sculpture made by some of the best sculptors around the world.

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