Jesolo International Sand Sculpture Festival 2005 'Hollywood'
The Field Preparation Processes

   As ever, we start with the beach being graded smooth, and a big circus style tent erected over the event site. We then install a temporary well point water pump. Then we have lots of clean (sifted) sand brought in with heavy equipment: A scoop shovel/excavator helps the laborers to lift the equipment up and  fill the one-half meter tall wooden forms a layer at a time with our custom sand as it is mixed with water. Each successive layer is packed with the gas powered machines called "Whacker Packers"  This filling of the forms and compacting it is a slow process, but an important aspect.  It is crucial to make very solid and dense blocks of sand from which the artists carve their masterpieces. These finished  "Pound-Ups" as they are called, are then ready for the artists to remove the interlocking forms one level at a time from the top down in order to sculpt the compacted sand within.
Tent
tent
The Well
well
Heavy Equip
equipment
Wood Forms
forms
Filling Forms
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Lifting
packers
Whackers
whacker
Pound-Ups
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   The labor process to prepare all of the pound-ups takes about a week.
Choosing Themes Concepts and designs
Reference Art
Selecting the Crew
The Floorplan
Field Prep
The
Poundups
Carver Notes

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