Great sandcastles aren’t only found at the beach. The landlocked German city of Duisburg just nabbed the official Guinness title for the world’s tallest sandcastle, beating out the previous record holder in the Indian state of Odisha. Commissioned by travel company Schauinsland-Reisen, the 16.68-meter-tall (54.72 feet) sandcastle is a magnificent sight to behold and was completed in just 25 days.
Built by an international team of 19 sand artists in Duisburg North Landscape Park, the monumental sandcastle was constructed from 3,500 tonnes of compressed sand. The sculpture dethroned the previous record holder in Puri, India by 1.84 meters. The sole goal of the build was to beat the world record for tallest sandcastle—a title the city failed to secure last year due to structural collapse. Construction on this year’s sculpture began August 8 and the Guinness World Record jury officially recognized the sandcastle as the world’s tallest on September 1.
The massive sandcastle includes references to famous landmarks around the world, from the Buddhist temples of Thailand to the Greek Parthenon. A medieval-style castle integrated with waterslides tops the sand sculpture. The sandcastle is on view until September 24, 2017 and will be complemented with a series of events and lit up at night during open-air parties.
Via PR Newswire
Images via Die Sandburg