August, applied for CBD Revitalisation Grant Program,
delivered by Department of Local Government,
Sport and Cultural Industries. Invent, creatively and
imagine every detail of the project in the application. Approach
DevelomentWA get support for the project second major
sponsor. Secured location at Elizabeth Quay.
Location scouting & start designing the sandcastle
21st October 2022 – Jenny and Kevin go to
site and imagine where the sculpture will be.
28th October 2022– site manager Craig from CBRE
and new sponsor Kade Keenan from ASV sales and
service who comes on board as a sponsor,
providing a machine, excavator for the earth works.
The group met with Jenny Rossen to work out logistics
on the site.
31st October 2022 – Fences go up
30th October 2022- The Post Newspapers write an
article about Jenny Rossen, her sand sculpting career,
her community works and the project, Christmas
Sand Sculpture Village at Elizabeth Quay.
Tee shirts and Jackets made with logos
Minister the Hon John Carey MLA comes to check out the 100 tons of sand. Excavator arrives from our sponsors ASV sales and service They lent us one of their machines for the project.
Even more sand
Form-work was made.
They are boxes with no top or bottom.
The boxes are filled
with sand. The sand is
mixed with the secret
A vertical rammer was
used to compact the
31 thousand people check out the event page. Most of them from clicking on the signage at site.
Form-work boxes have no top or bottom,
they just hold the sand in place. We fill
these boxes and work our way up as the
boxes are stacked on top of each other.
The banner goes up
More supplies arrive from the BW event
These two Giant guys, Kaleb and Yves are pound uptech experts. They came from Tasmania andAdelaide for this job.
Forms are stacked higher and higher.
Each time we go up, we also go in. This looks like a wedding cake getting smaller and smaller.
Excavator from ASV, machine driver Justin was very good. Full team included Andre, Jenny & Mike
7th November – Take the
first form off to check the
The form-work is used to
compact the sand and is
also the steps we use to
stand on while we carve.
As the form-work boxes are
removed we work our way
down carving on the pile as
the sand is exposed.
7th Nov Kevin (USA) starts
to carve the Santa surprise side
Scott from the City of Perth installs a go pro stop action
camera to document the sculpture reveal.
8th November – Leonardo
(Italy) starts the Nativity side
The workshops space is made. White sand is delivered for the beach workshop space.
Beach sculpture and workshops are made in this
space. 15th November Steve the workshop beach sculptor arrives from Byron Bay.
15 Nov – More sculptors arrive. Daeyong
from Korea and Ilya from Russia
17th November the event was opened by his Hon
John Carey MLC.
The Minister introduces the six sculptors and they are
presented with a gift bag from Pardoo Wagyu our
newest sponsor. Jenny MC’s
Sponsor Bruce Chong
from Pardoo Wagyu takesa photo with Korean sculptor Daeyong Ji and Jenny Rossen while Leo works on the sculpture.
Pardoo Beef caters the opening with Wagyu Beef and refreshments
DevelopmentWA present Jenny Rossen with flowers
The 18th November 2022, the event opens
to the public. Workshops also started today.
18th November The Lord Mayor of Perth, Basil Zempilas, comes to visit the sculptors in the morning for coffee. At night the lights are turned on for the Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail 2022 and the first public reveal – the sculpture is not finished but the lights are still turned on
We had big storms and rain and had to leave the job early on a few of the days as it was too wet to work. What happens when it rains the sculptors where rain coats.
Beach Sandcastle Workshops every night form 5:30 – 9pm. We had over 500 people attend the 14 days of workshops.
Opening weekend there was a drone show at the site.
The Christmas Village Quiz had over 3 thousand participants.
Beach Sandcastle Workshops continue till the 2nd December
This is the area where the sculptors could take a
break and where they ate their meals -the club room.
24th November the first tabletop sculpture completed by Steve
29th November -Three more table tops completed.
5th December – Kevin’s last day, he completes the final tabletop
All tabletop sculptures were done and the quiz was completed.
29th November – Documentary is made on the project
Logos are carved
Main sculpture is finished
Sculptors are invited on Swan River Tours to see a different view of the sculpture. The visiting artists loved the tour of Perth, so great.
Photo with the team from Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The full circle it all began with an idea, a proposal and then a huge team created the event.
Celebration dinner for the sculpture being finished at Quay Hotel. Thanks to Pardoo Wagyu
Pack down of workspace
Site reset for display only
Getting the word out so people can come and enjoy the finished sculpture.