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A Blast at Sandblast November 19, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography.

This morning, after a quick visit to the Farmer’s Market to pick up fresh baked bread, tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, and other goodies, we headed to the beach to check out the Sandblast Sand Sculpting Competition.

The sand sculptors fashion art with just a few simple ingredients:  sand, water,  time, and patience:

Each year, Santa Claus (or Sandy Claws, if you prefer) makes an appearance:

In addition to the professional sculptors, local teams compete while raising money for the local Rotary Club.

See ya later . . . Al E. Gator!


1. Judith - November 19, 2011

oh I love Farmers markets and also sand sculptures. I am glad you had such a good day.

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

Delightful. And delicious ~ especially the warm from the oven bread. Thanks, Judith.

2. Carl D'Agostino - November 19, 2011

I’ve tried to do this. Forget it. It is astonishing to me how they do this esp ones that are ornate in detail. Like the gator.

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

I’m with you, Carl. We love seeing what others have done but have no plans to adopt sand sculpture as a hobby.

3. Pocket Perspectives - November 19, 2011

Those sand sculptures are AMAZING! Wow!…I can’t believe they stay together like that…or that people had so much patience to sculpt with such detail! wow. What a nice day for you and BFF !

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

One secret we’ve picked up . . . really PACK the sand so that it holds its shape.

4. Maggie - November 19, 2011

I admire people who can create stuff like that out of sand.

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

It’s amazing to me how they get the moisture of the sand just right . . . not too wet, not too dry.

5. nuvofelt - November 19, 2011

Sounds like a great day. We don’t get many Farmers’ markets locally, so when they appear we rush early to get the best goodies.

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

The Bradenton Farmer’s Market offers art, food, and music in a few block radius. When the weather’s nice, it’s a great start to Saturday mornings for us.

6. sufilight - November 19, 2011

Oooh, this is so cool and what an amazing talent! Glad you shared as I enjoy looking at creativity. 🙂

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

Same here. It’s fun watching the kids compete in local teams as well . . . I didn’t take photos of their creations because they were still hard at work playing in the sand.

7. Dounia - November 19, 2011

Those are fantastic! Thanks for sharing your pictures and letting us enjoy those too! 🙂 Sounds like it was a lovely day 🙂

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

It was, indeed. Thanks, Dounia.

8. BrainRants - November 19, 2011

I’d do this professionally if someone paid me enough.

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

Some SandBlasters are paid to create with sand . . . and teach others to do the same. If you don’t get into the NASA space program, it could be your fall back plan. 😀

9. barb19 - November 19, 2011

Incredible! I envy and admire their patience.

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

Artisans of the BEACH! 😎

10. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - November 19, 2011

Oh very cool they used to do this in San Diego.

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

Everyone loves SandCastles . . . except, perhaps, the waves that chip away at the creations as the tide rolls in.

11. Patricia - November 19, 2011

What a great day. Shopping local, seeing people have fun displaying their talent, and fresh warm bread. \O/

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

Exactly. Buying fresh local produce and bread makes it a good day . . . checking out castles in the sand kicks it up a notch. 😎

12. Lisa Wields Words - November 19, 2011

These are so awesome. I love the Garfield and Odie.

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

Me too! I’m waiting for them to do a Tigger and Roo theme some year.

13. aRVee - November 19, 2011

congrats to the sand sculptors. It’s amazing to see their work of art. How talented these individuals are… thanks for sharing…

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

Glad you enjoyed, aRVee!

aRVee - November 19, 2011

Yeah I like it and I admire their talents. If I have to make it will be just using a cup lol… 🙂

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

The most elaborate I’ve ever gotten with castle building is a plastic pail, shovel, rake, and metal spoon.

14. Andra Watkins - November 19, 2011

Sandblast. Thank you for giving me another fundraising idea for my Rotary Club, Nancy!!

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

Ooh, cool!

15. jeanne - November 19, 2011

Sand Scuptors are incredibly talented…

nrhatch - November 19, 2011

It’s an interesting medium. We enjoyed watchng the teams work together to transform piles of damp sand into works of art . . . and they seemed to be having a blast. 😎

16. adeeyoyo - November 19, 2011

It’s such a pity that some of their creations are not permanently housed somewhere…

nrhatch - November 20, 2011

Perhaps the transience is what makes them so special. That’s why Buddhist monks create and then dismantle gorgeous mandalas . . . to remind us that all things must pass.

17. 4minutewriter - November 20, 2011

I always associate Christmas with snow. This looks far better- and warmer! 🙂

nrhatch - November 20, 2011

Hi Zoe! The holidays down here are merry and bright . . . with nary a snowflake in sight.

18. pix & kardz - November 20, 2011

brilliant – thank you for sharing your wonderful morning.
wonderful details – lots of skill here. and as you say, incredible patience.
reminds me of someone saying how someone was praying for patience once, with the add-on, “and i want it right now!”

nrhatch - November 20, 2011

Very funny. I’ve found the best way to grow in patience is to Be Here Now. When we are fully present in the present, there is no more waiting or striving to get someplace else in a hurry.

We are already exactly in the right place (Here) at the right time (Now). As we enjoy everything offered in THIS moment, life unfolds at from one moment to the next.

Aah . . . that’s better.

19. Tilly Bud - November 20, 2011

These are amazing. I love sand sculptures. Such a shame they get washed away, though. Thank goodness for cameras 🙂

nrhatch - November 20, 2011

Sand castles remind me of the transience and impermanence in life itself . . . Enjoy this moment, it won’t last. The future soon will be the past. Day quickly becomes the night. Fill each moment with delight.

All things must pass.

20. Julie - November 20, 2011

Wow! It would be hard not to enjoy that event. And obviously the creators do it simply for the love of the art, since sand castles cannot be lasting. How inspiring!

nrhatch - November 20, 2011

Yes . . . sandcastles celebrate the journey of creation rather than a desire for “immortality.” 😀

21. CMSmith - November 20, 2011

I LOVE these things. I’ve seen them here occasionally in the center of malls, although it’s been a while. I truly can’t figure out how they do it.

nrhatch - November 20, 2011

It’s interesting to watch them brushing away the grains of sand to reveal the “castle” within.

22. clarbojahn - November 20, 2011

Thanks for sharing. Love those pics.

nrhatch - November 20, 2011

Thanks, Clar

23. souldipper - November 20, 2011

I marvel at sand and ice artists who go to such lengths to create a piece that is going to disappear.

Does that mean the absence of full blown ego?

nrhatch - November 20, 2011

I guess that depends on how much posturing and preening they do for the cameras BEFORE it disappears. 😉

cuhome - November 21, 2011

Ahhhhhhh! Very good point !! Kinda like the point is not the destination, but the process. Thanks for that refocus, souldipper!!

cuhome - November 21, 2011

I meant to say, ” . . . but the journey ” . It’s easy to forget that, eh?

nrhatch - November 22, 2011

Journey = Process
Destination = Outcome

It’s all one and the same. As soon as we use X as a means to an end (attaining Y) . . . then we are striving for something in the future rather than enjoying what is offered Here and Now.

24. Booksphotographsandartwork - November 20, 2011

Wow that looks like so much fun!

nrhatch - November 20, 2011

The teams we watched yesterday were definitely enjoying themselves as they fashioned manatees, octopus, turtles, etc.

It’s great exercise too . . . lots of bending and stretching. 😉

25. Perfecting Motherhood - November 21, 2011

Oh my gosh, these are great, thanks for sharing!

nrhatch - November 21, 2011

Glad you enjoyed. I thought people might get a kick out of seeing them.

26. eof737 - November 21, 2011

WoW! Those are amazing works of sand art. Wish i were there to see them up close. 🙂

nrhatch - November 21, 2011

Next time, I’ll have to take more and better photos. I just snapped a few to share with my nieces and thought I’d pop them into a quick post.

27. cuhome - November 21, 2011

Thanks for taking, then sharing the pics of those sand sculptures. They are amazing. I’ve always wondered what the artists feel like, as eventually, the tide washes away all that hard word and creativity?

nrhatch - November 21, 2011

Maybe they enjoy the process of creation more than the end result. When we no longer view what we are creating as a means to an end, we enjoy the journey however long it lasts.

cuhome - November 21, 2011

Very good refocus, Nancy. Soulpiper made the same point.

nrhatch - November 22, 2011

The transience is what makes LIFE so special. That’s why Buddhist monks create and then dismantle gorgeous mandalas . . . to remind us that all things must pass.

28. Team Oyeniyi - November 22, 2011

Very cute!

nrhatch - November 22, 2011

Next year . . . Team Oyeniyi should compete! 😀

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