A woman walks past the record-breaking sandcastle in Blokhus. Photo/AFP
The world’s tallest sandcastle has been completed in Denmark, towering more than 20 metres high and comprising nearly 5,000 tonnes of sand, according to its designers.
Standing 21.16 metres in height, the castle is more than 3 metres taller than one built in Germany in 2019, which previously held the title, 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, in the small seaside town of Blokhus.
Its Dutch creator, Wilfred Stijger, was assisted by 30 of the world’s best sand sculptors. He said he wanted the castle to represent the power the coronavirus has had over the world since the beginning of the pandemic. On top of the sandcastle is a model of the virus wearing a crown.
A detail of the world's tallest sand sculpture is seen, under construction in Blokhus, Denmark on July 7, 2021. Photo/AFP
"It’s ruling our lives everywhere,” Stijger said. “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% 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.
Blokhus residents have been delighted to see local features incorporated into the sandcastle, such as beach houses and lighthouses, as well as depictions of popular activities such as windsurfing and kitesurfing.
The castle is expected to stand until the heavy frost sets in, probably next February or March.