Jesolo Sand Nativity
DEC 08. 2010 - JAN 30.2011
Piazza Marconi, Jesolo , Venice, Italy
|1.) To create any exhibition of world
class sand sculpture on even a minimal level, begin with an overall concept
for the show.
Consider first what the available (or affordable) resources are in order to design a show that will best fit both your desire and your budget.
A lot goes into this preliminary step.After you decide on a theme, draw up a layout or overall floor plan of the show.
The Nativity. However, the shows we create here in the summer are considerably bigger. But each of those exhibitions feature a different format and a new (different) theme each year.
2.) We utilize the biggest tent we can fit onto the piazza at Marconi Square.
The purpose built tent has electricity and gas heating supplied to it. It is also conveniently situated with plenty of parking close by. In the distance, one block behind the tent pictured above, is the Adriatic Ocean (not shown).
Once you determine the space limitations and budget constraints, you can calculate how much sand you will need depending on the overall concept of the show. For the winter show we typically use from 500 to 1500 tons, depending on the particulars of the design aspects each year. Hence, heavy equipment is required.
summer show we have used up to about 3000 tons of sand.
| 4.) To efficiently use the sand available
to us, we make rigid blocks from which we can carve interesting shapes, figures
etc. We use a lot of wooden forms to contain the (wet) sand as it is machine
compacted in successive layers. We call this process "doing the poundup."
With these reusable wooden forms, which interlock to fit together in a way that allows for easy dismantling and removal later, we make topless and bottomless frames (about a half meter tall each) that will contain the sand for each level of any particular poundup/sculptural element.