Yesterday Ellen and I spent over an hour enjoying dozens of wonderful sand sculptures on the Atlantic City beach opposite Pennsylvania Avenue, next to the Steel Pier. It’s the second year of this competition (though rumors have it not returning to Atlantic City next year), and the work is impressive and amazing. The sculptures will be on display through next Sunday, July 6, so if you have the chance to visit I urge you to come see them. Photos can’t capture the size and detail, but here are lots of them anyway. At the entrance are welcome sculptures by local artist and event organizer John Gowdy.
More by John Gowdy featuring Atlantic City themes. “DO AC” is the town’s current promotional slogan, by the way.
Details of the welcome sculpture, this is right next to the boardwalk.
As you enter the beach at the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance you walk past the welcome sculptures, then walk a path over the dune, where the rest of the sculptures are first seen, Steel Pier in the background. Now I’m going to show sculptures from the Solo Competition, first the name and artist poster, then the sculptures. I think they speak for themselves, so I won’t be commenting much. Here we go.
Didn’t care for this one, but I was impressed with the thin walls of sand making the cardboard boxes.
This was my favorite of the solo sculptures, also the winner of 1st place and People’s Choice awards. Two more views of it below.
Love the simple outer shapes and amazing interior details on this one.
This really is a good idea, emerging from the head of the person below it. Very clever!
A second snail sculpture, what are the odds? That’s half my pictures. More tomorrow, including the even larger duo sculptures.