Sand sculptors from around the world will participate in the U.S. Sculpting Challenge on Labor Day Weekend. In preparation for the event, over 300 tons of sand were packed onto the ‘B’ Street Pier in Downtown San Diego.
Some sculptors have described it as the most creative atmosphere in the world, with sandcastles stretching nearly 1,000 feet into the bay below a stunning San Diego skyline.
For four days, the best U.S. sculptors will face master competitors from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Canada and exotic places like Latvia and Singapore. A prestigious panel of judges will determine potential winners who may earn their share of $60,000 worth of prize money.
As a shout out to the Summer Olympic Games set in Rio 2016, there is an interactive ‘Road to Rio’ exhibit included along with the other displays. Three different olympic sports are portrayed by the sand sculpture: a swimmer, a runner and a soccer player.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) September 5, 2015
None of the majestic art sculptures are for sale, as they each weigh at least 10 tons, but there are plenty of other purchasable works of art. This includes jewelry, hand-made clothing, wall-art, fabric and gemstones. There is also a beer and wine garden, and gourmet food trucks with over 100 kinds of delicious choices for food lovers. Live musical performances will also provide entertainment for festival goers.
Some of the proceeds from the event will support local children’s educational charities. The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Young Audiences of San Diego/Arts for Learning, It’s All About the Kids Foundation and the Maritime Museum’s Children’s Educational program are among the charitable sources supported by the event.
The sand castle exhibition goes from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Monday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets range from $6 to $19.
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