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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.