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  • A Celebration of Stuart McCormick, Glengarry Artist

    Location: Alexandria, ON

    Born in 1905, McCormick was a prolific, self-taught painter. For 40 years he..
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  • August Artist Retreat - North Battleford Saskatchewan- Held at Edam

    Location: North Battleford, SK

    August Art Retreat 2017 (or Pastoral Pastimes or Creating with Cows...) Just a quick note..
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  • Norval Morrisseau (1931-2007)

    Location: Toronto, ON

    A display of works by Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland School from the..
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  • Laying the Foundation: Works from the Original Gift

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The McMichael Canadian Art Collection started out as a modest four-room home, built..
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  • The Art of Canada: Director’s Cut

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Ian Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, is delving deep..
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  • …Everything Remains Raw

    Location: Toronto, ON

    A Primary Exhibition organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection for Scotiabank CONTACT..
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  • J.E.H. MacDonald: Up Close

    Location: Toronto, ON

    J.E.H MacDonald: Up Close will celebrate the art and method of J.E.H. MacDonald’s..
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  • Call for artists Art! Vancouver 2019

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Visual Art Foundation is pleased to announce an open call for artists..
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  • Call for Artists -BAM

    Location: Toronto, ON

    #BAM2018 is a great exhibition for artists with Latin American heritage who are..
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  • Art by the Acre

    Location: Outlook, SK

    Sculpture / Painting / Photography Exhibit Located in the community of Outlook, Saskatchewan on..
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  • 3D to E=mc2

    Location: Owen Sound, ON

    Calling all artists. Accepting submissions from artists working in all mediums expressed in..
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  • 16th Annual Art on the Street

    Location: Guelph, ON

    Returning for its 16th year, Art on the Street organizers are pleased to..
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  • Wonder | International Photography Call for Entry

    Location: Fort Collins, CO

    Wonder can be a moment, it's a feeling, a curiosity, an experiment or..
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  • Call of Mural Submissions

    Location: London, ON

    We are looking for a dynamic artist to be a part of painting..
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  • Call for submissions: Clarington Outdoor Art Festival

    Location: Bowmanville, ON

    The Clarington Outdoor Art Festival (COAF) is a summer festival presented by the..
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  • “3D – Alberta Sculpture” PROSPECTUS

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all sculpture artists (18 years of age..
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  • Call for Submissions: The Best of South Western Alberta

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (18 years of age or..
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  • Indigenous Artists! Submit Artwork to a National Billboard Campaign!

    Location: , ON

    Open call for submissions from Indigenous Artists to have your art featured on..
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  • eRacism ~ International Call for Artists

    Location: Penticton, BC

    Hope you can be a part of this and hope you can pass..
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  • Open Art Ouverte - Montreal Art Centre

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Glenna Tissenbaum will be exhibiting a selection of her paintings at the group..
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  • Awakening Our Creative Spirit

    Location: Scarborough, ON

    June 16 - 21, Reception: June 16, 1 4 pm: Cedar Ridge Creative..
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  • Impact 2018: NPCC's Annual Juried Exhibition

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Neilson Park Creative Centre (NPCC) invites emerging and established artists to participate in..
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  • Zoominescence 2018

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Edmonton, the most northern city in North America with a population of over..
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  • Clay Instructor for Birthday Parties

    Location: Port Moody, BC

    The Clay Birthday Instructor will be responsible for the preparation, delivery and clean-up..
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  • 2nd International Photography Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 2nd International Photography competition. For this open..
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  • Abstract Art in the Community

    Location: Burnaby, BC

    Long time Burnaby resident Dorothy Doherty (nee Pakirnus) exhibits abstract art in the..
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  • AIR

    Location: Calgary, AB

    AIR When: June 2 - 28, 2018 Where: Calgary Central Public Library Main Floor Gallery 616 Macleod Trail..
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  • Best of East Central Alberta

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Best of East Central Alberta Sat. June 2 - Sat. June 30, 2018 Western GM Gallery Badlands..
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  • “Youth” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline June 30, 2018

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Youth is literally defined as the period between childhood and adulthood...
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  • Beacon Original Art

    Location: Calgary, AB

    We invite emerging, mid-career and professional artists to participate at our juried Annual..
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  • New Paintings by Sandra Hawkins

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Award winning artist, Sandra Hawkins, has just returned from her exhibition in New..
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  • DUC National Art Portfolio - Call to Artists

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    For more than 30 years, through our portfolio, Ducks Unlimited Canada built relationships..
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  • Portrait Commission

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Artist Accept Portrait Commissions!..
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  • Call for Artists - Uxbridge Art on the Fringe

    Location: Uxbridge, ON

    September 15-16, 2018 A venue for emerging and established artists to display their work..
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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