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  • Applications for dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival now open!

    Location: Toronto, ON

    dance: made in canada/ fait au canada (d:mic/fac) will be presenting both new..
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  • look over look - New Sculpture by Cynthia Minden

    Location: Courtenay, BC

    New suspended and stationary forms in the Window Gallery. Opening Friday December 1,2017..
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  • Beacon Original Art - Call for Artist Submissions

    Location: Calgary, AB

    We invite emerging and professional artists to participate at our juried Annual Spring..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSION

    Location: RED DEER, NF

    YOU COULD BE PART OF THIS UNIQUE EVENT: PARKLAND’S GARDEN & JURIED..
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  • The Art of Canada: Director's Cut

    Location: Kleinburg, ON

    Dec. 9, 2017 to November 18, 2018 Ian Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael,..
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  • Little Treasures

    Location: Enderby, BC

    Announcing the 5th Annual Little Treasures Christmas Show and Sale Courtyard Gallery in Enderby..
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  • Creative Scape: Wrap the Season

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Artist/instructor Cath Hughes will lead this fun activity to create your own wrapping..
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  • Plein Air Retreat 2018 - Manning Park, BC

    Location: Manning Provincial Park, BC

    The Federation of Canadian Artists’ Plein-Air Retreat is back for 2018! Enjoy four..
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  • Call for Women Artists - International Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is celebrating Women Artists and is pleased to announce the opening..
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  • Landscapes Photography Call for Entry at The Center for Fine Art Photography

    Location: Fort Collins, CO

    Submit your photographs for selection for the Landscapes 2018 Call for Entry and..
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  • Contemporary Fine Artist

    Location: Montreal, QC

    COSIMO CARMOSINO ART | Contemporary Fine Artist | High End Mural Artist |..
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  • Introspection Tatiana A. Bobko Nov 2-30, 17 Massey Theatre, New Wesminster

    Location: New Westminster, BC

    My art show is on at Massey Theatre's Plaskett Gallery in New Wesminster..
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  • Into the Void Seeks Visual Art for Issue 7

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Award-winning print & digital literary magazine Into the Void is accepting submissions of..
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  • Holiday Open House

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    We are excited to host a Holiday Open House on December 7th (4-8pm)..
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  • Anonymous Art Show 2017

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    738 works of original art by over 300 local artists will be featured..
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  • Fifth Annual Salon Show

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Exhibition Dates: November 17 – January 20, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday November 17th 6-9pm Location:..
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  • “Portraits” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline December 31, 2017

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Portraits of people and animals tell such great stories. They evoke..
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  • Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation

    Location: KAMLOOPS, BC

    NOV 10 - DEC 21 /// ARTIST TALK: NOVEMBER 10 12:30, TRU OLD..
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  • Call for Artists: KIRA 2018

    Location: St Andrews, NB

    Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA) will award up to fifteen artists..
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  • Portfolio ShowCase 11 International Photography Call for Entry and Award

    Location: Fort Collins, CO

    Submit your photography portfolio! Each submitted portfolio is evaluated as a cohesive body..
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  • Mix Artist Collective Fall Into Art 2017

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Mix Artist Collective show and sale Fall into Art 2017. Location at..
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  • The Alberta Society of Artists presents: Diaspora

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists presents: Diaspora. Diaspora means “to scatter” in Greek and..
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  • The Alberta Society of Artists presents: Water

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists presents: Water. From a waterfall to a still pond,..
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  • Open Call - Have Your Solo Show in Italy. 15 Opportunities for Artists.

    Location: ,

    PREMIO O.R.A. 2017 O.R.A. is an art award. The jury of O.R.A. comprises 15..
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  • Call for Artists: KIRA 2018

    Location: St Andrews, NB

    Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts - KIRA awarding up to 15 artists..
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  • Call for Artists -

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    For this competition artists, worldwide, are encouraged to submit their best artistic interpretation..
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  • Artists' Workshop Open Studio Show and Sale

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    The Artists’ Workshop offers Saskatoon art lovers our “Open Studio Show and Sale”...
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  • Thumb Through

    Location: Calgary, AB

    TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary is pleased to present Thumb Through by Jade..
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  • Spirit of Christmas Art Show and Sale at Okotoks Art Gallery

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    During the holiday season, the Okotoks Art Gallery will be transformed into the..
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  • Uncatalogued original Robert Ralph Carmicheal for sale

    Location: Stayner, ON

    Canadian Artist..and a Canadian icon Robert Ralph Carmichael original dated 1978..
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  • Call to artists for free Art Residency

    Location: Edmonton , AB

    Lotus Art Gallery 10321 124 street Edmonton AB Canada Calling all artists living..
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  • Miaad Eshraghi | Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    When Miaad designs his artwork, it is the representation of his feelings and..
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  • Marisa Mary Myrah | Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Lost Birds and Small Things focuses on endangered songbirds and their habitat in..
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  • Larissa Blokhuis | Inviting

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Artist Talk: Sept.28, 12:15-12:45pm Larissa's glass-work and mixed media installation explores the relationship between..
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  • FCA - The Foundations Program

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    10 Instructors - 10 Key Subjects - 10 Weeks The Foundations Program begins..
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  • Xiaojing Yan | Out from among the tranquil woods

    Location: Markham, ON

    Markham-based Xiaojing Yan is known for her intricate sculptural installations that explore the..
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Canadian Sculptor part of International team that sets the Guinness World Record

By September 11, 2017

The Tallest Sand Castle in the World

On September 1st, 2017, the jury from the Guinness World Records was in Duisburg, Germany to assess the measurements of an incredible sand castle carved by 15 sand sculptors from around the world, 9 men and 6 women. Over 3,500 tons of sand had been compacted from bottom to top in plywood forms a week before the sculpting began. The sponsor of the project was Shauinsland Reisen, the second largest company in Germany and the project director was Sandcity, an event company based in Düsseldorf. The theme was architecture, famous buildings from around the world and symbols of summer holidays and large logos of the sponsoring agency. We had a rough sketch of all the elements and we decided as we went what to place where to have the best composition.

I was thrilled to be part of this exciting project and to be the only Canadian and French carver invited. I had a good feeling that we would beat the previous Guinness record of 14m 83 awarded in 2016 to a team from Puri, India : Sudarsan Pattnaik and 45 of his students from his sand sculpting school.

The previous attempt in Duisburg had failed last year when the top third of the castle collapsed before all the wooden forms had been removed from the base.

This time, we were all elated as no cracks appeared after the last forms were removed. We even carved fake cracks throughout the castle.

The weather was perfect, sunny and hot, except for the last two days of rain . Once a section was finished it was screened several times a day with a mixture of water and white glue to prevent the wind from blowing the sand away and the rain from damaging the finished surface. The base of the sculpture, 125 meters in circumference, was all soft sand that had to be compacted and shaped before sculpting. A lot of details had disappeared after the last heavy rain and a few small collapses had occurred. On August 31st, we all had to finish up our section and then do some repairs. My section was about 10 meters high and 8 meters wide and involved architecture, buildings of all kinds, a giant sea turtle and a variety of oversized seashells. We even added about 50 turtle eggs underneath the turtle and decided to carve some baby turtle hatching.

It was great to work with all these amazing sand sculptors from Australia, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Hungary and the Czech Republic in a large former industrial park. The public was in awe and the children were even more excited. I remember one little girl pointing at one of the houses at the top, saying “I want to live there” in German. I answered “Me too” in German and she smiled. People kept asking if it was special sand and how we had managed to create this masterpiece.

Patricia Leguen, Sculptor

See more of Patricia's sculpture on her Website