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  • The Tablets - Douglas Bentham

    Location: North Battleford, SK

    Co-organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery and the Art Gallery..
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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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  • Beacon Original Art Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    October 14 & 15, 2017 from 10am - 4pm. Meet 50 artists, local..
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  • ILLUMINATE photography call for entry | Open internationally

    Location: Fort Collins, CO

    Join The Center for Fine Art Photography for this exciting event by submitting..
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  • Futur Simple / Melodies for Solo Voices

    Location: Kamloops, BC

    Arnica Artist-Run Centre is pleased to present the exhibitions: Futur Simple by Aimée..
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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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  • FENCES – Call For Submissions – Visual Artists

    Location: Prince George, BC

    This call is restricted to visual artists who reside within the province of..
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  • “Paradise” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline October 31, 2017

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: What is paradise to you? To many, it’s an idyllic state,..
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  • Call: Young Artists Under 40

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    40° Below is a dynamic exhibition platform for artists aged 40 and under...
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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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  • 16th Venice Architecture Biennale:Group photography exhibition

    Location: Venice,

    CALLS TO PHOTOGRAPHERS NOW OPEN Exhibition dates 26 May - 24th August. 2018 Location: JanKossen..
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  • Open call for the 12th Arte Laguna Prize

    Location: Venice,

    The Arte Laguna Prize is an international art competition aimed at promoting and..
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  • Call for Submissions - M:ST Performative Art Festival

    Location: Calgary, AB

    M:ST 9 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Deadline: Midnight Sunday, October 15, 2017 Local, national and international..
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  • Steve Tornes Photographic Exhibition

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Traversing with Photography is a series that explores Steve Tornes’s travels through Iceland,..
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  • Call for Artists 2018-19 | Spartanburg Art Museum

    Location: Spartanburg, SC

    Spartanburg Art Museum is seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions for 2018..
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  • Call for Artists - 3rd Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Figures & Faces online art..
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  • Art Rental Show

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Rent and buy original art at this salon-style art exhibition. We fill the..
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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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  • National Mural Symposium

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Mural Routes invites you to join us for the 18th National Mural Symposium:..
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  • Ann Haessel

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Threads that Bind blurs the boundaries between traditional fabric art, painting, and mixed..
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  • Colin Smith

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Colin Smith's work focuses on non-traditional representations of the landscape. For the past..
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  • Tessar Lo: hahahahuh,

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Opening Reception: Thursday Aug 31st 6-9pm Exhibition Dates: Aug 31 - Sept 23, 2017 hahahahuh,..
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  • STANDING UNDER MIS - Marla Hlady, Christof Migone, Chloë Lum, Yannick Desranleau

    Location: Toronto, ON

    'Standing Under Mis' is a collaboration between Marla Hlady, Christof Migone, Chloë Lum,..
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  • CFA-Desi's in the Diaspora

    Location: Abbotsford, BC

    Desis in the Diaspora: A Call for Artists Definition of Desi: de·si: Noun 1. A person..
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  • 17th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour

    Location: Whitchurch Stouffville, ON

    The 17th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour is an event you don’t want to..
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  • Epson Stylus 9800 Printer for sale

    Location: St George, NB

    I have an Epson Stylus Pro9800 and some peripheral pieces of printing equipment..
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  • Call for Artists: Anonymous Art Show

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Vancouver Community Arts Council & CityScape Community Art Space are very..
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  • Call for Artists: Figureworks 2017

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Figureworks is inviting artists to participate in our 8th annual figurative juried award..
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  • Open Call for Exhibitions

    Location: Toronto - Etobicoke, ON

    THE ASSEMBLY HALL is looking for artists and arts groups to exhibit at..
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  • Closing In: June Mielnichuk

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Closing In: June Mielnichuk On view from September 8th through the 28th. ACUA presents June..
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  • Become An Art-treprenuer

    Location: , AB

    How it works: 25+ people are hosted each night for a 2-hour event, each..
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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