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Amusing Monday: Sand sculptors worldwide continue to amaze

While I have never been to Revere Beach, I look forward each year to photos of the amazing sand sculptures from a competition that brings people from throughout the world to this location just north of Boston.

The winning entry in the Revere Beach sand sculpting contest was “Nest” by Mélineige Beauregard of Montreal, Canada. // Photo: Revere Beach Partnership

Adding to the enjoyment of the Revere Beach International Sand-Sculpting Festival are longtime sand-sculptors Dan Doubleday and Meredith Corson-Doubleday, who bring the event to life, especially for distant viewers, with their expert commentary on all the pieces. I also appreciated the slide show created by professional photographer Greg Cook on his Wonderland website.

The sand sculptures are evaluated using four categories: (1) degree of difficulty, (2) originality and creativity, (3) quality of sculpting, and (4) overall visual impact.

In the two videos on this page, Dan and Meredith conduct their fourth-day “walkthrough” together, as the sand sculptures take on their final forms. At the time that Dan and Meredith recorded their commentary, they did not know who the winners would be, so I would like to add some help with that:

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Amusing Monday: Sand sculptors continue to shape offbeat creations

We’re near the peak of sand sculpture season, and the works being created this year by artistic sand masters seems to be as good or better than ever.

“Muse” by Pavel Mylnikov, first place at the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival.
Photo: Revere Beach Partnership

The latest event this past weekend was the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival in Revere, Mass., billed as America’s first public beach.

The first photo on this page shows the top prize winner in the contest titled “Vanishing Muse,” and the artist is Pavel Mylnikov. The second photo shows the People’s Choice Award, titled “A Nouveau Love” by Rachel Stubbs.

See all the winning photos on the Facebook page of the Revere Beach Partnership. Photographer Joe Siciliano of RevereBeach.com posted some nice photos on the website massive.com. Meanwhile, WBZ-TV in Boston produced a video of the event.

Another recent event, held in June, was the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic in New Hampshire. Photographer Matt Parker of Seacoast Online put together a nice photo gallery of the sculptures along with the artists at work. (If necessary, scroll down to June 18.)

In Cannon Beach, Ore., the annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest attracted large teams of sculptors at various skill levels. The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt visited the festival and produced a national story, shown in the video on this page. Results of the contest along with pictures can be seen on the festival’s website.

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Amusing Monday: Artists capture images in sand

This year’s World Sand Sculpting Tournament of Champions, ending today in Federal Way, drew 16 of the best sand sculptors from across the United States, along with three from Canada and one from Italy.

Carl Jara’s “Unfurling” required the artist to reach into a narrow space to refine the piece, which took first place in the Northwest Sand Festival.
Photo courtesy of NW Sand Festival

We’ve seen many of these sand artists before at the Federal Way event, also known as the Northwest Sand Festival. Some are well known at other sculpting contests around the U.S., including one each summer in Port Angeles.

The first photograph on this page shows a sculpture called “Unfurling” by Carl Jara of Cleveland. It was awarded the first-place trophy in the singles division.

Another familiar name is Sue McGrew of Tacoma. Her untitled piece, also on this page, took a third-place award in the singles division at the Federal Way event.

Second place, called “Three Muses,” went to Delayne Corbett of Vancouver, British Columbia.

To get a better idea what this year’s exhibit was like, view the following slide shows:

Northwest Sand Festival website

Federal Way Mirror

The last major sand-sculpting event in the United States is coming up on Sept. 28 Virginia Beach, Va. It’s called the Neptune Festival, because it’s held in Neptune Park. See the best from the 2011 Neptune Festival.

Sue McGrew’s untitled piece took second place in the Northwest Sand Festival, in its final day today.
Photo courtesy of NW Sand Festival

Another sand-sculpting festival was held at Revere Beach, Mass., in July. See the winning sand sculptures from 2012.

The video, below, shows a variety of scenes from the Federal Way gathering. It was produced by Michael Dziak and can be found on the festival’s website.