This weekend we went to the Oceanfront to see all the entries in this year’s sand sculpting championship held here in Virginia Beach. The football-field-sized tent housed the work of thirty-two artists from all over the world, here by invitation only. Their expenses are all paid for, and they compete for a portion of the largest sand sculpting purse in the country, $55,000.
Sand sculpting is a form of performance art. The sculptors have twenty-four hours, spread out over three days, to complete their sculpture. After the judging, the sculptures are left up for ten days for us to admire their handiwork. Then the bulldozers move in, the sand is smoothed out, and we wait for next year’s Neptune Festival to enjoy the artwork again. Here are a few samples of what we saw on Saturday: