KEY BISCAYNE (CBSMiami) — Sand sculpture builders at Historic Virginia Key Beach are attempting to break a world record for the tallest sandcastle ever constructed.
On Monday, a representative from Guinness World Records will make a visit for the official measuring.
The world record attempt was put together by Turkish Airlines, who’s inaugural service from Miami to Istanbul begins Sunday.
A team of sculptors, led by 7-time record holder Ted Siebert, plan to use more than 1,800 tons of sand to complete the structure, which is due to be completed October 26.
“Altogether there are about 18 to 20 people involved. There are some people who came here to simply pack up the sand and then we have some people who carve sand,” said Siebert.
The artists had a close call earlier in the week when heavy winds and rain came whipping through and destroyed part of the castle, including the decorative finials that top the apex of each castle tower.
“One got pushed off and another one is kind of leaning the wrong way because the wind is constantly coming,” Siebert said.
Depicted in the sculpture’s design are popular landmarks from around the world like the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty and the leaning tower of Pisa. Notable sites from Istanbul are displayed prominently up front. Behind it, the downtown Miami skyline.
The sculpture is expected to remain up for the holidays and stand close to 44 feet tall. That would topple the current record for the world’s tallest sandcastle which stood in Brazil at 41 feet, 3.67 inches, done in 2014.
You can check out the masterpiece at:
4020 Virginia Beach Dr.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149