Artists from all over the world came to Atlantic City for the World Championship of Sand
Sculpting this weekend, and on Sunday the solo division winners were announced.
From toddlers to seniors, almost everyone has built a sand
castle at some point in their life, but odds are, you've never built one like
this. Spectator Osiris Velasquez said, "This
is so awesome - the whole world has to see it!"
1.2 million pounds of fine grade sand has been transformed into
fantastic works of art.
20 world class sculptors have been competing in the in the solo
division for the past 2 days and on Sunday, the winners were announced.
1st place winner, Karen Fralich, told NBC40, "This
means a lot, I'm still in shock right now.
I'm kind of at a loss for words.
Just amazing, it's an honor, what else can I say?"
Judges say they were looking for four main things when
evaluating the sculptures: overall design, artistic merit, technical difficulty
and the ‘wow factor.' Fralich said, "Just be brave, don't be afraid to try
anything and don't be afraid to get dirty."
Event officials teamed up with the Atlantic City Alliance to
produce the championship and say they wanted to bring a fun, free, family
attraction to the city. Sculptor Brian
Turnbough said, "The crowd has been great - everybody seems to appreciate
it. There are people coming off the
boardwalk all day long. This weekend has
been crazy, I mean, I don't know how many thousands of people have gone through
here today but it's a lot."
Event organizer, John Gowdy, said, "I think with the
numbers we are pulling in right now we will have it next year and every year
after that hopefully."
And be on the lookout for more sand sculptures as the doubles
championship will be in Atlantic City
The Atlantic City competition
marks only the third time this event has ever been held in the United States
since it began in the 1980s.
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