Photo by Mark Larson
The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters.
The 23rd annual Sand Sculpture Festival sponsored by Friends of the Dunes took place on Saturday under cool overcast skies at a new location on the beach at the Samoa Drag Strip (easy access and lots of parking). Fifteen artist teams and a few other freelancers showed up to have fun creating amazing sand sculptures in a very temporary medium — think high tide. They could use only sand, water and items found on the beach. Check out photos of the entries in the slideshow below.
The cash-winning sculptures included: Best of Show - "Tale of the Plastic Whale" by the Northcoast Environmental Center; Dedicated Diggers - "Octopi" by Los Pulpos; Most Imaginative - "Every 200 years a creature emerges" by Fog People; People's Choice - "Grendel's Castle" by The Lone Wolf; Youth Sculpture: "Octoworld" by the Manila Community Resource Center; Staff Pick - "Hip! Hip! Hippocampus" by Amphipods; Photographer's Choice - "Hungry Hippo" by Dean and the Little Hippos; and Gold Shovel Trophy - "Ducks in a Row" by The Accountables of Hunter, Hunter & Hunt CPA's.