2 Feb

A Champion, Jino Van Bruinessen

Three-time Australian Sand Sculpting Champion, Jino Van Bruinessen is back for another shot at the title in 2021. Born in Holland, Jino has a very prominent career in the Australian sand sculpting industry. He has competed at the Australian Sand Sculpting Championship for more than 7 years and has placed every year he has competed. We caught up with him before competition week to find out a bit more about his career.

‘What is your background?’

‘Apart from being trained as a carpenter, cabinetmaker, and yacht builder, I am a self-taught artist. I have also worked in the film and TV industry working on productions both here in Australia and in Europe’.

‘You have competed at the Australian Sand Sculpting Championship many times. What is your favourite sand sculpture you have created for the competition?’

‘It’s hard to say as I have very much enjoyed making most of them. Maybe the one that stands out the most to me is the Kirin from 2014 and the Aqualung in 2017.’

‘What was your favourite part about these artworks?’

‘There is no favourite part in the sculpture. The sculpture works as a whole piece. Every part is as important as the other.’

‘What is the hardest part about sand sculpting?’

‘The hardest part is probably the impact on your body. Sometimes you have to shovel for a long time, or sometimes you can also sit in one position for a long time doing detailed work. You have to dress yourself in a way that you’re protected not only from the weather, but also sitting in wet or damp sand for hours on end.’

‘How long does it take you to create your sand sculpts?’

‘It really depends on the sculpture. The sculptures in Surfers are 10 tonnes and you are given 3 days to do it in that timeframe. When it is a sculpture with a high degree of fine detail, these ones generally take a lot longer than the ones with bigger plain shapes.’

‘Lastly, what is the most memorable moment in your creative career?’

‘As far as sand sculpting goes, there were many beautiful moments in my career. The sculpting events I have been working on over the past 20 years were mostly with an international team. The dynamic and camaraderie in the team is always a beautiful part of a project. Also, the fact that you learn a lot of techniques and tricks of the trade working with so many fantastic sculptors. Even though it can be very competitive, the sharing of techniques and tools are a beautiful element in the sand sculpting world.’

It is truly amazing learning about the time and detail put into these sand sculptures. What the artists go through to create these masterpieces is just fascinating. The Australian Sand Sculpting Championships will be held March 15-17 at Beyond the Sand. Jino is not one to be missed. Come watch as he competes for the title!

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