World’s tallest sandcastle built in Denmark


Team Udayavani, Jul 11, 2021, 5:43 PM IST

Source: AFP

The world’s tallest sandcastle has been completed in the small seaside town of Blokhus in Denmark. It weighs nearly 5,000 tonnes and towering over 20 meters high. It stands 21.16 meters high (69.4 feet), more than three meters taller than a castle built in Germany in 2019, which previously held the title with its 17.66 meters, according to Guinness World Records.

A total of 4,860 tonnes of sand make up the intricately decorated structure which is reminiscent of a pyramid.

The creator, Dutchman Wilfred Stijger, was assisted by 30 of the world’s best sand sculptors. Wilfred Stijger wanted the castle to represent the power of the novel coronavirus over the world since the beginning of the pandemic.

Atop the sandcastle is a model of the virus wearing a crown.

“It’s ruling our lives everywhere,” Stijger said.

He added, “It tells you what to do…. It tells you to stay away from your family and not go to nice places. Don’t do activities, stay home,”

To make it more cohesive, the sand contains approximately 10 percent clay and a layer of glue was applied after it was completed so that it could stand up to the chilly and windy conditions of the autumn and winter.

Local features have been incorporated into the sandcastle, such as windsurfing and kite-surfing, beach houses, fish, and lighthouses.

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