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Haldane Fisher supply the sand for Northern Ireland's first indoor giant sandcastle

How do you take an iconic site like the Giant's Causeway, renowned across the world, and recreate it somewhere else?

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Monday 18 April 2011

How do you take an iconic site like the Giant's Causeway, renowned across the world, and recreate it somewhere else? Easy when you have 18 tonne of sand supplied by Haldane Fisher and a renowned sculptor!

One of Northern Ireland's retail giant's, Victoria Square will play host to Northern Ireland's first indoor giant sandcastle, a 20 tonne creation of the iconic Giant's Causeway. The sandcastle was created in Victoria Square to celebrate its partnership with the National Trust, and help the charity raise awareness of the 'A Giant Cause' fundraising campaign to support the £18.5million Giant's Causeway Project.

Renowned sand sculpture Paul Hoggard from Yorkshire accompanied by Remy Geerts spent four days transforming 20 tonnes of sand into a replica of the Giants Causeway, which is the regions only World Heritage Site and most popular tourism asset. The unique project saw the sandcastle artist take residency in Victoria Square's lower ground floor where he built, sculpt and moulded the huge mounds of sand, supplied by the Ladas Drive branch of Haldane Fisher, into a reproduction of the famous coastal hexagonal columns.

Whilst the Causeway has over 40,000 basalt columns, Paul and Remy recreated a few less in this sand sculpture display!