Frinton: World famous sculptor makes bathing beauty out of 40 tonnes of sand

Sand Sculputor Nicola Wood with her art work and the sea front at Frinton on Sea

Sand Sculputor Nicola Wood with her art work and the sea front at Frinton on Sea

World famous sand sculptor Nicola Wood completed a stunning work of art on Frinton Greensward yesterday.

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From a 40-tonne pile of material brought up from the town’s beaches, she managed to create a seaside postcard sculpture of a bathing beauty in a deckchair for a BBC film project.

Ms Wood took two days to complete the project despite the sand at Frinton not being ideal.

“Quite often we will work with sand from a quarry which is more angular and holds together more easily,” she said.

“However, I have been faced with more difficult materials in the past and it all went well. The weather was perfect and with the help of Tendring District Council in getting the sand off the beach and setting up the site, we have pulled it off.”


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She started moulding the sand mid-morning on Sunday and everything was finished in time for filming yesterday afternoon.

Ms Wood has twice won gold at the World Sand Sculpting Championships in America in 2010 and Canada in 2007 and has also worked as an artist and presenter on the BBC show Deadly Art.

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The council intend to keep the sculpture in place until at least the end of the weekend and will then return the sand to the beach once it starts to lose its form.

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