2013-08-09 / Community

More Sandcastles On The Horizon

By Dan Guarino

Sand repleneshment and creativity will be coming together in time for the Creative Time hosted second annual Artist Sandcastle Competition on Friday, August 9th.

A group of 10 selected artists and their teams will gather on the sand near the Beach 86th Street boardwalk to battle it out to see who can come up with the most creative and elaborate design.

Special prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges at the end of the contest.

According to organizers, the day’s events “will kick off at noon with sunbathing and beach fun; castle building will start at 2:00 p.m. and judging and prizes at 5:00 p.m.”

At 6 p.m. the party will move from the beach to the boardwalk for burgers, beer, and a dance party at Rippers. Local food vendors, including Caracas, Citysticks, DiCosmo’s Italian Ice, The Big Banana with Rockaway Taco, and others, will be onsite all through the day to keep artists and audience alike well provisioned with summer snacks and refreshments.

The event, sponsored by Melissa Shoes and Société Perrier with support from Rockabus and Veggie Island, is free and open to the public; children and families are encouraged to attend!

This year’s participating artists are: David Brooks, Sebastian Errazuriz, Ghost of a Dream (Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom), Jamie Isenstein, Natalie Jeremijenko, Esperanza Mayobre, Rachel Owens, Duke Riley, Christopher Robbins, and Marc Andre Robinson.

Contest judges include Shelley Fox Aarons, Waris Ahluwalia, Klaus Biesenbach, 2012 winners Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw, and Dana Farouki. Creative Time Chief Curator Nato Thompson will serve as master of ceremonies. After-party music will be provided by DJ Lucas Walters of Tutu’s in Bushwick.

As explained on their website, for the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world. Among their many notable projects was the Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11.

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