Crowds enjoy San Diego sand sculptures

September 7, 2013 by  

Over the Labor Day weekend, August 30 through September 2, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge took place on the Embarcadero in San Diego.

For years, a similar competition took place in Imperial Beach, a San Diego suburb, but has now scaled back to one day. This new competition is located in the San Diego downtown area proper. Three hundred tons of sand were brought to the cruise ship terminal on ‘B’ Street and dumped there for the artists to use.

The sand sculptures took shape under the hands of artists from the United States, who were challenged by masters from Canada, the Netherlands, Latvia, Portugal, Italy, and Ireland. Helena Bangert, who came to the competition from Holland, described the artistic process when she said she combined the water, buildings, and “crisp lines of San Diego” to create her sculpture. Tetsuya Tanaka, meanwhile, remembers going to the Imperial Beach competitions with his father, and now he is creating his own works.

The sandcastle competition is hugely popular, with at least 30,000 people said to have attended last year. In addition to the sand sculptures, artists who work in such media as metal, leather, glass, and gemstones were present, as were dancers, singers, and live bands.

Event organizers have a great opportunity here to publicize next year’s event by working with a poster printing company to create a stunning image of this year’s winner. The poster could publicize next year’s event and even be sold as a souvenir.