Saskatoon sculptor helps create world’s tallest sandcastle in Germany

Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017

Patricia LeguenPatricia Leguen was associated with a 15-member team of artists who had broken the Guinness world record for the tallest sandcastle on earth, following two strenuous weeks of muscle-taxing work.


She exclaimed that the world required a great deal of carving, shoveling and the team worked for at least eight hours every day.


Leguen has been invited to participate by Benno Lindel who is a Dusseldorf-based organizer. The name of the company graces the front of the sandcastle.


Leguen has been the only Canadian in the team of sand artists, that otherwise included sculptors from Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Ukraine and the Netherlands. They all worked hard, close to a river in a former industrial park in Duisburg. And, the team compacted 3,500 tonnes of sand into plywood forms to create the 16.7 metre-high, pyramid-like structure.


The unique structure was later adorned with various designs.


The finished result was about two metres higher as compared to the previously highest sandcastle built on a beach in India the previous year.


Leguen has only worked on a particular section, at the base of the sculpture during her eight days at this project, adding that she created a giant turtle about four metres wide and two metres high.


The sculpture had attracted nearly 180,000 curious onlookers.


After remaining on display for one more month, the sandcastle would be bulldozed.



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