One of the highlights of my recent trip to Savannah was going to the north beach on nearby Tybee Island and checking out a sand sculpture competition.
The competition was part of the Sand Arts Festival and participants were all student from SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD is a big part of the Savannah landscape, with buildings, shops and art peppered through the city. Savannah is a beautiful place and the college enriches it even further, adding another layer of culture.
It’s was really hard to pick my top sculptures. I took a lot of photos, and a few things stood out. This life-sized merman takes the cake! I wasn’t the only one who thought so. It took first place in the sand sculpture category.
I have a feeling that mermaids have a higher standard to live up to and, just like us people, the mermen can get away with being a little soft. At least he’s buoyant!
Using the natural environment and creating a realistic sand mold was a good move. I liked this guy. He was so big that if he were real, he’d have been able to pull me right in!
What a croc! No really, he was quite something. It’s easy to forget that those sharp teeth are made of sand. It’s such a tricky medium, but the sculptors executed their designs flawlessly.
Speaking of dangerous critters, look at the teeth on this one! I think it’s an angler fish.
This sand chicken is sitting on her nest of sticks and twigs found on the beach. Her beak, comb/wattle, and feathers are color-coordinated shells from the beach. Love the mixed media in this sculpture!
The students had only a few hours to complete their masterpieces before professors and SCAD staff judged the entries. I was amazed by this dino/seamonster/dragon.
Speaking of dinosaurs, look what this group unearthed. At least it looks like an excavated dinosaur skeleton. It’s really just a fantastic example of relief work. That’s probably why it got first place in the sand relief category.
I liked this one. He looks so sad though.
I really enjoyed the competition. These pictures are all that remains though. My nightfall, the tide and winds probably took them all away. So fleeting.
The beach was a beautiful place. I liked how close to the water, the sand gave way to broken shells.
The pretty birds running along the beach reminded me why it’s good to get away. It’s easy to forget everyday worries when you’re at the ocean.
Have you ever been to a sand castle competition?
8 responses to “Building Castles in the Sand”
Awesome art!! Great to capture these amazing sculptures with your camera before the tide comes in! I have some great photos of sand sculptures taken at Grand Bend, Ontario, you’ve given me an idea to post them.
My favourite is the hen. Thanks for sharing!
It was amazing stuff! I hope you post your pictures too. Sand castles are a quintessential summer thing. I knew you’d like the hen 🙂
Lovely sandcastles! Some people are so talented and can make massive sculptures with sand 🙂 So pretty to look at!
Away From The Blue
Thanks! I was impressed by the talent, that’s for sure!
As I commented on face book, there is a sand sculpturing contest for a week end each summer at Sauble Beach…entrants may be individuals, teams, families, business teams. Such a short life for these artistic efforts.
So fun! I like Sauble Beach a lot and I’ve spent quite a bit of time there. I’ve never been to their sand castle competition though. The art is so short-lived!
Oh my gosh, what a fun thing to do! Some of those sculptures are amazing. Great photos too. Celeste 🙂
Thanks! It was a fun day, that’s for sure. I was amazed by the talent.