Everyone loves building sandcastles at the beach, but Kirk Rademaker has taken it to a whole new level!
"Dump 20 tons of sand in front of Kirk Rademaker and he's a happy man," writes Jordan Robertson at the San Francisco Chronicle.
With simple tools-such as Marshalltown trowels and liquitex pallet knives-Rademaker creates extravagant sand sculptures with slopes, arches and intricate details that can extend as tall as 10 feet. There are renaissance castles, but he also includes futuristic themes in a lot of his work with engines and machines.
He tells us it usually takes around one week to finish a piece, but his creations in Portugal took three weeks and he spent one month in Turkey carving a large castle.
All that hard work usually lasts for a few months before the remnants are washed away; however, his project in Portugal was preserved for two years.
To give the sculptures a more lasting finish like "paint holds a car up," Rademaker sprays a mixture of water and Elmer's glue as a coating against the weather.
He attributes his success to "practice."