Spring and fall are the best times of year for a local to go to the boardwalk at the beach. This past weekend was the Annual International Sand Sculpting Championship. The sculptures are something we have always enjoyed going to see. Years ago it was held out in the open with the ocean in the background, it made for beautiful photos, but it left the sculptures exposed to the elements and rain on occasion had cancelled the event.
A couple of years ago they started putting up a huge tent for the sculptures and portioned off little areas for each artist to work, the nice part about the tent, it protects the sculptures, the bad part, there was now a modest admission fee to view (five dollars and totally worth it) Amateurs had areas portioned off outside the tent but the wind left most of them flattened this year.
Sometimes I look at these sculptures and scratch my head wondering what the artist was trying to communicate...most of the time I just don't get it. I enjoy art but like it even more when I understand what I am looking at. This year when we entered the tent we were handed a sheet of paper with the name of each sculpture and what each one was about....real helpful.
I was pretty excited when I saw this one, it may not have been the most detailed but I knew what it was about before I even looked at my paper. This sculpture was based on Luke 15:8-10
"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn't she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin" In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of angles of God over one sinner who repents"
There was a sheep included in this sculpture that I didn't get in the photo...that was to illustrate the lost sheep, also in Luke 15.
I have heard all these artist get is a shovel and water to make these sculptures. ( I am sure they have special tools use for the detail work) They do use a special sand, it's finer and mixed with clay, they bring that in for the contest. I am always amazed at the detail in these pieces...they are true works of art. Beautiful don't you think?