festival of sand sculptures not far from the ANKER guesthouse
In the Baltic sea resort Binz on the island of Rügen, only a few hundred metres away from the ANKER guesthouse, an impressive exhibition and festival takes place every year from March to November, where sculptures and structures made of sand are created and formed. Not only in bad weather the exhibition is suitable for the whole family because of the variety of motives. Teams from all over the world gather together to form the elaborate and artistic structures from sand. The sand culture festival already has a 10-year tradition and is held on an area of almost 6,000 square metres. This makes the exhibition the largest covered sand sculpture show in the world.
Making sand sculptures - a 'science' in itself
If you think you can use the Baltic Sea sand on site to create the sand sculptures, you are on the wrong track. Every holidaymaker who has ever built a sandcastle on the beach of Binz will soon notice that it does not have a long lifespan. The sand castle collapses after a short time. As pleasant as the fine sand in the Binz Baltic Sea bay feels under your feet - it is only moderately suitable for the production of elaborate and filigree sand sculptures. The grains of sand are too smooth and worn away by the wind and waves of the Baltic Sea. For the Sand Sculpture Festival, fresh sharp-edged sand must be brought in. Only this sand, in combination with the 'roofing' in tents, guarantees an almost unlimited life span.
The creation of a sand sculpture begins with the arrangement of sand blocks, which are first pressed and stacked. The sand must have a certain amount of moisture. In combination with the pressed form it then becomes a workable and malleable 'material'. The artists use simple tools to create and design the sculpture: a shovel is used to shape and move the sand, a saw to cut sections of the sculpture precisely and a hand shovel to model the shapes. Even scalpels are used for the filigree design of the motifs. With the use of brushes, the artists then succeed in giving their sculptures a flowing and supple form.
Festival of sand sculptures: there are no limits to the imagination
The handicraft design and construction of the sand moulds is one thing. Above all, however, it depends on a high degree of creativity, artistic skill and boundless imagination and imagination of the creators before such an impressive motif is created. A help and inspiration for the designers (also known as 'carvers') is provided by the annually changing motto of the sand culture exhibition. Theme headings such as 'Once around the world', 'Love of music', 'Fascination of nature', 'Film and television', as well as 'Fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and others' are only an extract of the festival history. In the year 2020 the motto is under the heading 'The Bible'. Its stories and secrets'.
World record for the highest sand castle goes to Binz in 2019
It was not the first attempt to get into the Guinness Book of Records. Already in 2017 the executing carvers failed shortly before completion of the castle, which unfortunately broke apart 3 days before completion. Learning from the mistakes of previous years, the externally motivated participants/builders from 7 countries broadened the foundation decisively and used significantly more sand (in total approx. 11 thousand tons) to increase the stability. The effort was worth it: On June 5, 2019 the official measurement result was confirmed by the Guinness World Records juror Pravin Patel, who had travelled from London to attend the event. The world record height of 17.66m for the highest sand castle goes to the Baltic Sea resort Binz on the island of Rügen.
And here is the exact address of the exhibition area: Binz fairground, Proraer Chaussee 15, 18609 Binz. You can reach the sculpture area after a walk through the back exit of the guesthouse ANKER directly along the circular path at the Schmachter See. Afterwards just follow the direction of the town exit of Binz in the direction of Sassnitz.