Each year, Wonders of Sand innovates by offering a theme and special events to make you live an exciting and innovative festival, offering lots of activities surrounding exceptional sand sculptures and water activities for the whole family.
Watch this page for our annual 2017 schedule under the theme “WATER CANADA! Canada’s history over water”.
A special sand for sculpting …
Sand sculptors are incredible artists who obtain an exceptional degree of accuracy! But to achieve such results, it takes a very special sand. Although it looks just like the sand found on the beaches, professional sand is special: its grains are square. This shape allows it to fit together easily and eventually obtain an extremely solid structure.
Depending on the weather and the care taken by the sculptors during compaction and maintenance, the sculptures can last several weeks or even months, just like the impressive exhibitions in France (exposition du Touquet Paris-Plage et au Portugal).
Tens of tons of sand to achieve a single structure …
Some artworks are made using only a few kilos of sand but the largest scupltures need up to tens of tons! To realize the magnificent centerpiece of the 2016 edition, the artists will sculpt around 30 to 40 tons of sand, for more than 60 hours.
Compaction, an essential step …
The first step of sand sculpting, and perhaps the most important, is compaction. The sand is disposed in different wooden molds in different shapes and heights according to the desired final shape. The sand is regularly watered and compacted. Once all shapes of sand are well compacted, sculptors can finally start sculpting always starting at the top of the sculpture.
In hand tools …
Aside from the trucks and heavy machinery used to transport the sand, then preferred tools used by sculptors are tools of your everyday life. They use of course shovels, rakes and buckets but also trowels mason, knives and even straws depending on the technique used and the desired results! Tools you probably have at home!
Did you know?
- In total, the Lac-Beauchamp site receives annually 200 tons of sand for this activity. Brought especially for the occasion, it leaves upon completion of the festival to have no negative impact on the lake and the environment.