Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

Andrew Stephens, Monday the 24th of July, 2017 in Happening, Travel and Places

This morning we took a rare trip to Revere Beach to check out the entries from International Sand Sculpting Festival. The big party with the judging and fireworks was last night, but the sculptures are going to be around for a few days more.

There was a lot of talent on display. I had not realized that professional sand sculpting was a thing, but apparently some of the artists do competitions like this as a full time job.

Coming late like this, we did not see the actual construction but it is apparently quite the performanceThis article from Popular Mechanics goes into some detail. I must admit to being a little disappointed that the sand used is specially bought in rather than being from the beach itself. A trick of the trade, I guess.

This was the overall winner, according to the judges. It was very nice but not the most striking design in my opinion.
This was the overall winner, according to the judges. It was very nice but not the most striking design in my opinion.
I really liked these jar headed face things
I really liked these jar headed face things

I don't know much about sand sculpture but I know what I like. The best design I saw there was this impressive H.P. Lovecraft inspired work.

The front of the Lovecraft sculpture featured glowing eyes (actually holes through the structure, but the effect was striking)
The front of the Lovecraft sculpture featured glowing eyes (actually holes through the structure, but the effect was striking)

This had two different representations of Lovecraft's works sharing a silhouette and was for my money the cleverest sculpture out of bunch of very clever art.

The reverse side, with a pretty impressive sand portrait of H.P. Lovecraft and yet more tentacles
The reverse side, with a pretty impressive sand portrait of H.P. Lovecraft and yet more tentacles

The Audience Choice award was won by this well realized but depressing life-sized elephant.

This photo doesn't really do it justice, it really did look like a dying elephant
This photo doesn't really do it justice, it really did look like a dying elephant