Category Archives: Sand Sculptures

A Mobile Sand Castle


Found on the beach this evening in Sea Isle City, NJ, sculptor unknown, this charming sculpt of a sand castle on the back of a lizard-like creature. It’s the fantasy version of a seaside mobile home, I guess. Quite well done, probably by a pro.


Here’s a closer look at the castle itself. excellent variety of features and surface textures.


This smaller castle was nearby, possibly by the same person. Looks unfinished, but still a skilled piece. Never know what you’re going to find on the beach!

Beach Days


Some of Ellen’s family has been visiting us all the past week, hoping for some good beach days. There were a few, not as many as they might have hoped, but they had fun anyway.  Adam, Zach’s friend, joined them, left, then nephew Zach, Ellen’s sister Ann, niece Ina and Ellen. Ann’s husband Dave was also here a few days. I, unfortunately, had lots of work to do, so missed some of the fun, but I did get to the beach for a few hours on four of the seven days.


Monday was the best weather, and we did some sand sculptures. That’s me in the back working on a pointed arch, and in the front Ann and the boys built a castle.


Here’s the finished castle, looking quite good.


And the finished arch, with the castle behind it. Nothing very elaborate this time, but I had fun doing this.


Here are Zach and Adam relaxing after all that work.


Ellen and I pose for a picture with Ellen’s camera.


One day was cloudy with a little rain. In the morning, Zach entertained Tigger on the guitar.


Leo was there too, watching from the bookcase.

That day they went to the Zoo, and there were shopping trips, and of course ice cream at Springers in Stone Harbor. Most evenings we played board or card games. Ina made several meals we all enjoyed, including her own pizza, ratatoille and crab cakes. We also got some good sushi take-out.

The crew headed home this morning, the beach vacation is over for another year. It’s a lot quieter, but we enjoyed the company, and hope to see them again soon.


Beach Zoo Beach


That’s how our three days with my brother Doug and his family went. Saturday was largely sunny, though only in the 70s, as has been the case the last two weeks at least, very cool for August, but we had fun at the beach, and I built this sand castle with some help.


Sunday was showery, though it never rained much, so we went to the Cape May County Zoo, which is really quite a good one.


The stars of the zoo are the current pair of Snow Leopard cubs, so very cute. It’s the third year in a row the Snow Leopards have produced a litter, and I’m guessing the cubs are being distributed to other zoos once they’re old enough.


A giraffe reaches for some distant leaves. He got them, too.


Some of the animals were sleeping or out of sight, but enough were out and being entertaining to amuse everyone.


The lion was roaring, which we heard but didn’t see.


Outside the zoo was a climbing wall, raising money for the animals. Haley and Charlie had a go.


Here’s the zoo’s photo op spot with our niece and nephews Haley, Charlie and Dylan.


Monday we were back at the beach, where the boogie boards were in good use. Mostly cloudy and still cool for August, but not a bad day.


The race for the shore.


Here are Monday’s sand sculptures, with Haley’s in front, Doug’s behind that, and my tall tower right.


The tower door, a separate piece. I haven’t tried that before, worked okay.


Tower with kids, for scale.


And finally, Doug’s deep hole. Fun was had by all, lots of ice cream was eaten, as well as excellent Japanese food at Murasaki and fresh corn on the cob at home. Ellen’s family will be visiting next week.

Championship Sand Sculpting, Atlantic City 2013 Part 2


Photos © Todd Klein.

Finishing up my photos from our visit to the sand sculpting championship in Atlantic City on Saturday. This Escher-like solo sculpture had one head on this angle…


…and another head on this one. Quite clever.


This one is “Watchers”…


…and I was pleased to see it’s by “Sandy Feet,” the author of a book on building sand castles we own, though we didn’t see her at work.


The rest of the photos are of the Duo sculptures, each one the effort of two artists working together. The Duo competition had begun Friday morning, and by late Saturday was well underway, but some elements of each were unfinished, and would be continued Sunday. Some of the duos worked together on a single structure, some, as here, did two sculpts that would be tied together at the end.


This one is called “Weightless.”


This is “Rooms for Rent,” a fabulous castle…


…and here are the sculptors. The competitors were from all over the world, a truly international group.


Brett Stocker through the archway…


…and Amazin Walter builds another archway by supporting the wet sand with his hand.


Here’s “Eye of the Beholder,” full of graceful curves…


…and look at the tiny house detail on the other side, not to mention the cool eye.


I don’t recall the name of this one, but it’s of two angels, looks like.


Here’s one of the sculptors…


…creating a face with sunglasses.


I’ve saved my favorite Duo sculpture for last, “The Charge of Achilles.”


Whille there was still work to do, the design and execution of this one were breathtaking.


This column of Greek soldiers marching out of the Acropolis is amazing enough…


…but from the side, look how flat it is! the perspective is all an illusion, allowing them to get much more apparent depth into the front view and still keep inside the boundary.


A detail of the small soldiers, and you can see where the sculptor is adding the crests.

I’m so glad we had time to see this in person, though it does make my feeble attempts at sand sculpture look pretty sad. The ephemeral art has never looked better.

Championship Sand Sculpting, Atlantic City 2013 Part 1

FromAboveAll photos © Todd Klein.

The annual World Championship of Sand Sculpting has been going on this week on the beach in Atlantic City, next to the Pier Shops in front of Caesar’s casino, from where this shot was taken. We’ve been reading about it in the paper, and we both love sand sculpture (you can find some of ours in the “Sand Sculpture” topic on this blog’s sidebar) and wanted to go, but it’s been a crazy-busy week, so I didn’t think we’d have time. Finally, yesterday afternoon, Ellen said, “Let’s go now and have dinner there afterward,” and we did.


The first thing you see as you approach the beach entrance from the boardwalk is this small “teaser” sculpture. And how great that it’s free! Not much else is in Atlantic City.


Ellen approaches the entrance.


The official rules are on a sign as you enter. Solo sculptures had been done earlier in the week and awarded prizes, the Duo or team sculptures were underway Saturday, and would be finished and judged today, Sunday.


Another sample of sorts, larger, and with nice lettering.


Part of the Atlantic City sampler sculpture, not part of the contest I think, and created by several sculptors.


Excellent lettering on this faux postcard! Wish I knew how to do that in sand…


Monopoly, long associated with AC…


…as is Mr. Peanut.


More of the AC sampler with the city’s newest motto, “Do AC.”


The solo sculptures were next, and there had been rain since they were finished, so some were damaged, like this “thinker.” All part of the sand sculpture game.


Others like this one titled “Amazon’s Pet” looked to be in better shape, and may have been repaired by the sculptors after the rain.


This was the first place winner, and I think my own favorite of the Solos.


“Amazon’s Pet” detail.


Second place went to this more abstract piece of a reclining woman broken into sections.


A creepy bat head.


I think this one is meant to be a dig at the beauty industry.


Part of a crazy wild sculpture on the theme of “Don’t Smoke!” That vertical split is amazing. Somewhat rain damaged at the bottom.


Eve and the Apple is another one I liked.


Another nice one of a woman playing a lyre.

There are just too many good photos from the event for one blog post, so I’m going to have the rest here tomorrow. Stay tuned!