[WORLDKINGS] The Constant World Records Seeking Journey (P.258) The Sand Museum (Japan): World's first indoor museum dedicated entirely to the art of sand sculpture

22-02-2022

(Worldkings.org) The Sand Museum first opened by the Tottori Sand Dunes, in Tottori, Japan, in 2006, displaying sand sculptures in temporary facilities. On February 22nd, 2022, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared The Sand Museum as “World's first indoor museum dedicated entirely to the art of sand sculpture”.

Based on the world record nomination from Aisa Records Institute (ASRI) and Decision No. WK/USA.INDIA/812/2022/No.268, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared The Sand Museum as the world’s first indoor museum dedicated entirely to the art of sand sculpture on February 22nd, 2022.

Giant sand sculptures of famous people and places are on display near the Tottori sand dunes. There are not many places in the world where giant sand sculptures last for three quarters of the year, and then only come down deliberately. The Sand Museum in Tottori, Japan, was the first.

Sculpted from 3,000 tons of sand, the incredibly unique exhibits at the Sand Museum are prepared yearly for a mid-April opening and destroyed in early January of the following year to make way for the next exhibit. The impermanence of each exhibit is part of the draw.

Tottori was already famous for its 10 miles of massive sand dunes along the coast of the Sea of Japan. The museum was an attempt by the city to capitalize on its main tourist attraction.

In 2006, the town put the sand sculpture exhibition project into the hands of a noted Japanese sand sculptor, Katsuhiko Chaen. The first exhibit, based on the work of artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, opened that November, under a tent, and lasted a little more than a month. In 2012, the yearly exhibit got a permanent home, including a 21,000-square-foot exhibition floor to accommodate the giant sculptures and allow the movement of bulldozers when it came time to bring them down.

Each piece is a combination of Chaen’s vision, the artist’s style, and the limitations of working with sand. The sand is wetted before the sculpting. Sculptors have to watch weight distribution and prominence of features. Because of this, the sandy depictions of people and buildings are often flatter than life.

According to atlasobscura


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