As the four world-class international artists put the final touches in place, this is your last chance to see the transformation process of sand to sculpture!


The sculptors have been working on them for the past week and the final sculpture will be completed on Saturday, to coincide with the open workshops at Wygston’s House in Leicester city centre.

The first sculpture of the trail was completed a short time ago by Susanne Ruseler from Holland. Susanne has been working on the Dynasty element of the King Richard III theme: Dynasty Death and Discovery. A giant sculpture of the Investiture of King Richard III’s son Edward, with mother Anne standing proud has already drawn huge crowds, as she worked on the piece at the entrance to the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

Susanne said “It is always difficult leaving a sculpture behind but the crowds in Leicester have been so positive - it makes it easier. I’m always happy that I’m not around to see them bulldozed down after putting so much hard work into them.”

The remaining three sculptures on the trail are still being worked in and include a scene from the Battle of Bosworth and a giant facial reconstruction of King Richard III. Nicola Wood from Leicester is also working on a more controversial piece at the BBC Radio Leicester Courtyard, which prompts the good vs. evil debate.

The trail, created using 80 tonnes of Tarmac sand from Cadeby quarry, begins at the entrance to the King Richard III Visitor Centre. There is a second sculpture in the Courtyard, which can be viewed by those visiting the Centre. The trail then moves on to Wygston’s House and ends at the BBC courtyard. If you want to see the artists in action you need to get into the city centre before the end of the week, when they will be flying off around the world to begin their next creation.

Nicola Wood, project organiser and sculptor said “Creating an exhibition in Leicester is something I have always wanted to do. I’m so excited that we have almost finished. The reaction has been fantastic.”

Three artists will be hosting a free sand sculpture workshop at Wygston’s House over the Bank Holiday weekend from 10am until 5pm - everyone is welcome.

Last updated September 2015