Splendid 15-metre-tall sand castle smashes world record
How much sand do you need to build a jaw-dropping, record-breaking sand castle?
It seems 1,800 tons will do the job nicely.
Expert sand sculptors from around the globe gathered n Virgina Key Beach, Florida to begin working on multiple masterpieces.
The seven-times Guinness World Records winner, Ted Siebert and his 'Sand Sculpture Company' were in attendance.
Turkish Airlines organised the event to celebrate the launch of a new route from Istanbul to Miami.
The brief was to smash the existing Guinness World Record for the world's tallest sand castle, which stood at a whopping 12.58 metres.
Teams worked steadily for three weeks and the results were nothing short of breath-taking.
“By the very nature of Guinness World Records we witness exciting achievements on a daily basis in front of iconic landmarks worldwide,” said Philip Robertson an adjudicator at Guinness World Records.
“It’s rare that we find a superbly detailed sand castle that replicates so many wonderful cities and achieves a Guinness World Records title.
"It's officially amazing.”
While record-breaking, standing at 15.87 metres, the castle is made of sand and water and is only a temporary structure.
However it is expected to remain standing for three to four weeks.