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.

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