Unique sand sculpture displayed at IFAT 2014, spurs refocus on grit removal

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May 21, 2014 -- A unique sand structure was displayed at IFAT 2014, which caught the attention of many passersby at the notable event held in Munich, Germany, May 5-9. Featured in Hydro International’s booth on the exhibit hall show floor, the large structure served as a reproduction of Auguste Rodin's famed sculpture, The Thinker. 

The 3m-high masterpiece was crafted throughout the five-day show by world-renowned sand artists Niall Andrew Magee and Benno Lindel. Promoting the theme "The Fine Art of Grit Removal", the sculpture was designed to challenge designers and operators of wastewater treatment plants to rethink their approach to grit removal.

Hydro International's sand sculpture


Seven tons of carefully-selected fine sand were shipped to the booth to create the novel replica of Rodin's best-known work, which gradually took shape to the amazement of visitors during the conference. "We wanted to create a spectacle on the booth that would capture people's imagination and get them to think again about fine grit," said Hydros International's Business Director Clive Evans.

He continued, "Conventional thinking about fine grit removal is being overturned by scientific research and operating practice that shows that particle size, shape, specific gravity, and composition all influence settling velocities and affect removal efficiencies. Taking out finer grit particles than has been accepted practice could result in better plant performance and energy efficiency."

See also:

"Fine Grit Removal Helps Optimize Membrane Plants"

"Grit removal project breaks record for Hydro"


About Hydro International

Hydro International provides cost‑effective solutions for controlling the quantity and improving the quality of water with minimal maintenance. Developed over more than 30 years of research and development, many of Hydro's award-winning solutions in the water, wastewater and stormwater sectors are based on sustainable vortex technologies. Hydro Americas' Stormwater division is headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA. For more information, visit www.hydro-int.com/us.

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