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World’s tallest sandcastle built in Denmark, with a theme on Covid pandemic

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World’s tallest sandcastle

A sandcastle recently built in Denmark has established a new Guinness World Record.

Key Points:

  • It has established a new Guinness World Record of 21.16 meters.
  • The Gunness world record was measured by an authorized surveyor and signed and witnessed.
  • Denmark’s new sandcastle is 3.5 meters taller than the earlier record of 17.66-meter set by Germany in 2019.

About Denmark’s Sandcastle:

  • The structure of the sandcastle is built in the shape of a triangle to avoid collapsing as many others have.
  • A wooden structure was built around it to allow the artist to carve the incredible figures in the sand.
  • To ensure the sand sticks on, it was mixed with around 10% clay.
  • When everything is finished, an extra layer of adhesive was applied to ensure it will last for the duration of the winter.
  • This highly decorated monument is built in the small seaside village of Blokhus in northwest Denmark.
  • It is reminiscent of a pyramid, is made up of 4,860 tonnes of sand.
  • Led by the seasoned artist Wilfred Stijger of Holland, 30 of the world’s most gifted sand sculptors worked in the making of the giant structure.
  • The Dutch designer said his creation was inspired by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • He said he put a coronavirus pathogen as a crown atop the castle to illustrate how the virus is ruling our world, and not allowing us to do what we want to do.

Note: The Sand Sculpture Festival in Blokhus takes place every summer.

About Blokhus Village:

  • This village is located in Jammerbugt Municipality of North Jutland in Denmark.
  • The village is a popular beach town accounting for around 1 million visitors every year.
  • It was originally named Hune Hvarre.
  • In the 1600s there were barely any trees in this village.
  • So, timber was imported from Norway. In order to store timber, locals constructed some houses out of it.
  • These houses are called ‘block houses’ after which the village has been given the Danish name Blokhus.

About Denmark:

  • Denmark officially the Kingdom of Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe.
  • It is a Scandinavian country comprising the Jutland Peninsula and around 406 islands.
  • It is bordered to the west by the North Sea, and its islands are located on the sea lane from the Baltic to the main oceans of the world, as well as the trade route from the Nordic countries to Central Europe.
  • It is an independent country since the late 10th century and is also one of the oldest states of Europe.
  • The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen.
  • The currency used here is the Danish Krone.
  • The current prime minister of Denmark is Mette Frederiksen.

About Guinness Book of World Records:

  • Guinness World Records was originally the Guinness Book of Records from its inception in 1955 until 1999.
  • It is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.
  • The brainchild of Sir Hugh Beaver, the book was co-founded by twin brothers Norris and Ross McWhirter in Fleet Street, London, in August 1954.
  • After the founding of The Guinness Book of Records office at 107 Fleet Street, London, the first 198-page edition was bound on 27 August 1955 and went to the top of the British bestseller lists by Christmas.
  • As of the 2021 edition, it is now in its 66th year of publication, published in 100 countries and 23 languages, and maintains over 53,000 records in its database.

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