March 4 - 10, 2018: Issue 350
Manly's Early Sand Sculptors: How Pennies Can Become Pounds And Found A New Art
Always held in the second or third week of January the competition culminated in what became known as the Opening Party for the Sydney Social Calender in the Barefoot and Blacktie Cocktail Party held in a large marquee erected beside North Palm Beach SLSC. At this ‘Ball’ the chic would bid for items in order to raise more money for this worthwhile charity. In 2003 the Castles in the Sand and Party raised $250,000 for the charity. Subsequent years saw this sum rise and rise and rise.
Visitors to Palm Beach, drawn by the spectacle and bringing their children to see the sandcastle sculptures, also rose. One report states that by 2005 20, 000 people were coming to have a look. As Pittwater had only around 35,000 residents, you can imagine how crowded it was getting on the beach and roads leading to and from Palm Beach. The event ended and with it the extra thousands driving to and from Palm Beach to marvel over the works.
Australia, by dint of being an island with lots and lots of sand, and trucking it to places where it's needed if absent; hosts one of the healthiest sand sculptor calendars in the world - we love our sand sculptures and sculptors and we love our Art - we love making Castles in the sand, and have for a while now;
CASTLES IN THE SAND - DREAMS OF THE YOUNG IDEA 'EVENING NEWS' COMPETITION GREAT DAY AT BONDI BEACH
Every child is a born artist. Proof of this was found on Bondl Beach yesterday, when the largest crowd of school children that that popular seaside has witness all applied their inherent talent to the task of winning the cash prizes given by the 'Evening News' for the best designs worked in sand, shells, pebbles and seaweed. ... CASTLES IN THE SAND (1923, January 9). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 9. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article118807152
Manly's Diamond Jubilee celebrations will continue to-day with a children's sand-modelling competition. However eager the young competitors may be, there is a proviso that modelling must not commence until after school. At night, a sneclal entertainment, arranged by the -Manly, Warrlngah and Pittwater Historical Society, will be held at West Esplanade reserve. There, was an official jubilee luncheon yesterday, followed by a Scotch night on the Manly Oval. MANLY'S JUBILEE (1937, March 9). The Labor Daily (Sydney, NSW : 1924 - 1938), p. 5. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article237448263
The Sand Sculpting Australia festival has been held annually in Frankston, Victoria since 2008, and was held for seven years prior to this on the foreshore at Rye, Victoria. This event features a different theme each year, with the 2008–2009 theme being dinosaurs in an exhibit called "Dinostory".
Dinosaur sand sculptures at the Sand Sculpting Australia "Dinostory" exhibit held at Frankston, Victoria, Australia 2008/2009. The sculpture was the created with the combined efforts of an international team of sand sculpting artists: Karen Fralich (Canada) - children playing in foreground; Peter Bignell (Tasmania, Australia) - Triceratops skull and logo; Martijn Rijerse (Netherlands) - Tyrannosaurus rex scene; Jino van Bruissenen and Christina Mija (NSW, Australia) - background panel. Photo by and courtesy John O'Neill
We love telling stories through the medium of sand sculptures whether as observations of recent events or recalling past wonderlands. Only weeks ago Blacktown Showground hosted a Sydney Festival event celebrating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - all in sand!
In June 2017 1,387 people broke the Guinness World Record for most simultaneous sand angels at Stearns Park Beach along Lake Michigan - which is a simple sand sculpture to make; simply lie in the sand where it's flat and smooth and wave your arms up and down through the grains to form 'wings'.
Most of us recall building sandcastles as one part of our childhood, but who was Australia's first Sand Sculptor artiste? and were they inspired with the idea by this gentleman's works appearing in a Sydney newspaper?:
Modeling in Beach Sand.
According to the ' lllustiiiie Zoituug,' Fugen Boermel, a well-known sculptor of Berlin, created something of a sensation one summer in the little seaside resort of Nordeney. The sculptor modelled in the sand of the beach a number of figures which have aroused the admiration of the hotel habitues. It is I difficult enough to infuse life into dead marble, and it may, indeed, be considered still more difficult, from a technical standpoint, to give shape to so refractory a medium as crumbling sand.
Two years ago Boermel made a few experiments along the shores of the Baltic in order to determine the practicability of the use of white beach sand for modelling. The experience which he gathered in these early endeavours culminated in his Nordeney work. He was primarily actuated by charitable considerations, for he was interested in a plan tor providing for a family of a fishermen who had lost his life. Surrounded by a crowd of curious and admiring spectators, Boemel modelled, without any design and without any preparation, the forms which we have reproduced in the accompanying illustrations.
MOTHER AND CHILD
AEGIR AND SACRIFICIAL OFFERING
Modeling in Beach Sand. (1902, December 10). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 1510. Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165383471
One of the earlier exponents was definitely this gentleman photographed here at manly by a Mosman photographer, Charles Kerry. He is surrounded by little boys in school uniforms or their Sunday best clearly fascinated by what he's doing and possibly waiting to demolish his work if the tide coming in doesn't get there first!