Italy-based John Gowdy took 30 hours over 3 1/2 days to create the ephemeral piece titled “Bruce Jender, Call Me Caitlyn” on the B Street Pier downtown.
“Two reasons,” Gowdy said Sunday. “One is that there was an Olympic theme for us to adhere to and second, I like to sculpt current events. The transgender of Bruce Jenner is in the news.”
Gowdy, 58, had no contact with the former decathlon great, but he’s performed for a different kind of celebrity royalty. A retired Atlantic City firefighter, he performed his “Flying Colors” painting routing for Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
He’s done many topical sand sculptures in the past, he said, and this is his fourth year competing in San Diego.
“I won first place People’s Choice last year with Lifeguard Rescue,” he said.
Gowdy also sculpts in stone, having attended the Marble Institute in Colorado for five years.
In sand, he’s won many national and international titles — including events in Canada, Italy and France.
“His work has been published in numerous periodicals and newspapers,” says his bio. “It has been featured on the Discovery Channel, QVC Shopping Channel, CNBC, Martha Stewart Show, and The Travel Channel.”
True Grit: ‘Bruce Jender’ Goes from Gold Medal to Sand Sculpture was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Ken Stone
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