Dennis Massoud or Sandman as he is known is a world champion sand sculptor. His expertise, experience and popularity has taken him 9 times around the world during the last seven years. His unique style of sand sculpting keeps him in high demand, he has been able to turn sand sculpting into a performing art. Dennis the sandman is one of the most experienced sand sculptors in the world. It is his full time profession and as a hobby he started when he was only 7 years old. Late last year in December he was commissioned to sand sculpt in the only 8 star hotel in the world, the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. While he was there sand sculpting for the Sheikhs the minister for tourism and culture approached him to submit a proposal to build the worlds largest sand sculpture. It will be 38 meters high, 100 meters at the base and will involve using 380,000 tons of sand. They would like to contract his artistic talent for the next three years. He won the world championship in Denmark in 2003 and since then sand sculptors he competed against decided in future events that they would split the prize money and allow people to choose their most popular sculpture.Since then he has won subsequent peoples choice awards.
Dennis has sand sculpted in the Gobi desert in china and in Luliang Unan province five years in row carving out massive masterpieces out of naturally occurring coloured sand. The sculptures are now kept permanently and millions of people visit the sand forest yearly. Dennis has also sand sculpted at most major events throughout Australia and the world. His sculptures have been used in international and domestic television advertisements.
Etual started very early developing his skill for sculpting, first as a draftsman when he was hardly a young boy, doing many kinds of graphic jobs and other activities until early 1981 when he started his career as a sand and mix-media sculptor. He is a multiple award winner in international sand sculpting contests. First prize In Lulang (China), first prize in Sondervig (Denmark), Kemnader See Dortmund (Germany), Del Mar California (USA), Venice (Italy) Among others. For the last few years along side his work with Sand In Your Eyes, Etual has been developing special techniques based on sand as a modelling material in his workshop in Gran Canaria Spain. He has cooperated in the organization of different international events in Gran Canaria island, and is artist manager of the open Sand Park in the south part of the island. He teaches in a “Season Sand Sculpting School” In Las Canteras beach, Gran Canaria, a school devoted to teach art students the techniques of Sand sculpting. He has been a professional mix media sculptor and sand sculptor for more than 31 years.
Steve grew up in Brisbane but at the age of 19 the magnetic pull of the ocean became to strong to resist. He left Brisbane and his studies in Information Technology and decided to travel around Australia. It was a few years later that he discovered sand sculpting. ” It all started on St Kilda beach, Melbourne. One of my traveling buddies Rick had seen some sand sculptures on the Canary Islands. So Rick, myself and another friend Ben decided to give it a go. At the time I was looking for direction in my life, I’d just made a new year’s resolution to find a career or way of life that involved making people happy, was fun and wouldn’t tie me to one place forever. I think I found it, I was hooked. My traveling buddies soon moved on, but immediately I felt I had found my calling. I stuck at it and through trial and error evolved my own unique style.” After a couple of years traveling to different beaches, Byron Bay became Steve’s home base. He’s become a tourist attraction in the area receiving local, national and international media attention. On a sunny day you’ll be likely to find Steve down on main beach in Byron, molding the sand into magic. At sunset he lights the sculpture with candles which really brings his creations to life. One of Steve’s Dreams is to build a life size castle…
Sydney-based Tutti has been sculpting in sand for about 15 years after having worked in numerous other creative fields. His knowledge & experience has led him to complete many successful projects, from large-scale sand sculptures both indoors & out, to unique pieces for advertising, promotions & special events. A talented & creative sculptor, Tutti has worked on several Sand Sculpting Australia projects & exhibitions over the past 7 years.