"Sandology" is the creation of artist Steve machell who started sculpting sand in 1998.
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...
Steve can be contacted on the contact page.