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It starts with one grain
It really only takes sand, water, a bucket and a shovel to become a master
Samantha Grice National Post Tuesday, June 06, 2006
This morning David Dureault set out to rebuild Ancient Greece — using sand
and water in Great Yarmouth, England.
Last week, in Brighton, he did his part in putting Ancient Rome back
together by sculpting, out of sand, Circus Maximus and two Colosseum
And throughout the rest of the summer, Dureault, a professional sculptor
(and carpenter) from Vancouver, will travel the world creating elaborate
sandcastles. Come winter he will do the same with snow and ice. Dureault
works for a company in Holland that contracts out his artistic carving
skills to events such as the Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival, one of the
world’s largest — which runs until September 10th — where he spent the
last two weeks with 60 other artists creating masterpieces from sand.
Dureault’s first sand sculpture was of himself lying on an inner tube with a
shark approaching, ready to take a bite.
“It was at a boat show in Seattle and someone said to me, ‘Anyone can do it,
all you have to do is try.’ ”
Now that beach weather is upon us, who better to advise on the finer details
of sand-castle construction than Dureault?
DAVID DUREAULT’S GUIDE TO BUILDING A BETTER SANDCASTLE
1. Not all sand is created equal. If you want to build anything with height,
you need sand with angular grains as opposed to round, which tumbles like a
mound of marbles. Ocean sand is round, river sand is angular and has silt,
which is a natural binding agent.
2. Salt water is not recommended.
3. Dureault uses construction tools such as trowels but says you’ll find a
wealth of handy implements, such as pastry knives, spatulas and pie lifters,
in your kitchen.
4. For tall sculptures, professionals build stacked wood moulds in which to
pack the sand inside. When the wood is removed, what’s left are compact sand
blocks ideal for carving. For your own creation, Dureault suggests using a
five-gallon bucket with the bottom removed to pack the sand inside.
5. Put a layer of sand in the bucket, add a layer of water and then pack it
with your feet.
6. Repeat until you reach the top and then pull the bucket away to reveal an
extremely compact block of sand.
7. Bring a picture to reference what you want to carve and start cutting.
Ran with fact box “David Dureault’s Guide to Building a Better Sandcastle”
which has been appended to the story.
(c) National Post 2006
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