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Marielle Heessels

Marielle Heessels

Sculpting Since: 2006
Location: Netherlands

She started model drawing at the age of 15 and since then studying nature is the base of her art. After many years of painting and sculpting for museums and entertainment venues, she discovered sand sculpture. Because of its temporary quality, it became a perfect medium to learn and grow her talent and ability as a sculptor. And because it is fast, she says, it is easy to work on a large scale.

The piece de resistance is that it’s also a way to work with the best and nicest colleagues and to travel, meet wonderful people and experience different cultures all over the world.



Notable Achievements:

  • Winner, doubles competition with David Ducharme, Parksville, B.C., Canada 2015
  • Winner, Dutch Sandsculpture Championship (solo competition), Zandvoort, the Netherlands 2011
  • World Championship, Federal Way, WA 2010

Website: www.marielleheessels.nl

USSSC + DAE is cancelled.

It was our great honor to have produced this iconic event for 8 years.  USA Today had named it to the ‘Top 10 in the Nation’ and American Express called it ‘one of the top 20 seaside festivals in the world’.

Hundreds of millions of media impressions were registered worldwide and over 40,000 attended the festivities each year on the downtown San Diego embarcadero. 

We thank the Master Sand Artists from Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas who created magnificent sculptures from nothing more than sand and water, as well as the artists who work in other media, the entertainers, food providers, sponsors, media, staff, suppliers, volunteers and the Port of San Diego who made the event possible.

Should a title sponsor or new production company wish to bring it back to benefit local non-profits and the Southern California community at large, we will endeavor to help advise as long as we are able. 

For now, enjoy the website from years past.*

Thank you once more.

Joyce and Gordon Summer, Executive Producers

on behalf of Bruce, Tricia, Steve and the entire USSSC team.

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