Monday, 30 July 2012

Mojo Monday - Sandcastles

Welcome to another Mojo Monday, today I thought we could all think back to our childhood where when we were on holiday at the beach. I don't know about you but I used to love making sandcastles. Collecting all the shells and the drift wood and decorating the castle, building a moat around the bottom and racing to the sea and back trying to fill it with water - and not understanding why it never stayed there and kept disappearing! Then just as your about finished your little brother would come and jump all over it!


Sand art is the practice of modelling sand into an artistic form, such as a sand brushing, sand sculpture, sandpainting, or sand bottles. A sand castle is a type of sand sculpture resembling a miniature building, often a castle.
The two basic building ingredients, sand and water, are available in abundance on a sandy beach, so most sand play takes place there, or in a sandpit. Tidal beaches generally have sand that limits height and structure because of the shape of the sand grains. Good sand sculpture sand is somewhat dirty, having silt and clay that helps lock the irregular shaped sand grains together.
Sand castles are typically made by children, simply for the fun of it, but there are also sand sculpture contests for adults that involve large, complex constructions. The largest Sandcastle made in a contest was 18 ft. tall, the owner, Ronald Malcnujio, a 5 ft. high man, had to use several ladders, each the height of the sand castle. His sculpture consisted of 1 ton of sand and 10 litres of water, to sculpt.
Ukrainian talent contest winner, Kseniya Simonova, gained worldwide fame and became an online phenomenon with her sand painting which depicted World War II and how her family had been separated by the war.


Author Unknown
From the beach its sandy walls rise,
Its turrents reach up to touch the skies.
A tiny moat dissolves the keep.
Its pavers are strong, though only two inches deep.
Tiny footprints embedded in the sand,
Where once a child there did stand.
Its grace and beauty a short time will last,
Before the sea washes it into the past.

I hope that has brought back a few memories for you today :0)

Love Clairebears x 

1 comment:

  1. wow the photo are stunning , its lovely of you to show them ,have lovely day x


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