Caterpillar builds world’s tallest sand castle in latest Built For It trial

Updated Dec 12, 2014

Caterpillar Guinness World Record Tallest Sand Castle

Caterpillar got to play in the sand, but this was no ordinary sandbox found in a client’s backyard.

In fact, the company did much more than just play in the sand – it built the Guinness World Record-setting tallest sand castle as part of its latest Built For It trials.

This is the fourth trial Caterpillar has put together – the first few focusing on testing the B15 Cat phone, driving a compact excavator through a China shop and playing the world’s largest game of Jenga.

A fleet of Cat equipment and team of operators and sculptors worked together to create a work of art.

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The video shows two Cat hydraulic excavators, a wheel loader and two mini excavators transforming 734 cubic meters (960 cubic yards) of sand into the world’s tallest sand castle.

The castle was made exclusively from quarry sand and water, and was started on Oct. 28 in Caminho Niemeyer square in NiterĂłi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Over the course of 15 days, trucks delivered 49 loads of sand to the site, where seven machine operators and seven sculptors carefully shifted and shaped it into a towering work of art.

The sand castle was complete on Nov. 11, and a representative from Guinness World Records was on hand to take final measurements and confirmed that at 12.59 meters (41 feet, 3.67 inches), Caterpillar was the new record holder, topping the previous record of 11.63 meters (38 feet, 2 inches).

Watch the making of the sand castle in this video:


Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of the castle:

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