2013-08-16 / Community

The Art Of Sand At 2nd Annual Artist Competition

By Dan Guarino


The artists, teams and judges of CreativeTimes Artist Sandcastle competition at the boardwalk on Beach 96th Street. The artists, teams and judges of CreativeTimes Artist Sandcastle competition at the boardwalk on Beach 96th Street. The crowds, the creative and the curious flocked to the sand just off the boardwalk at Beach 86th Street for CreativeTime’s second annual Artists Sandcastle Competition.

The Friday, August 9th, afternoon event brought hundreds to the beach where ten pre-selected artists and their teams created often elaborate and sometimes whimsical sculptures using sand, water and a variety of materials.

Contest judges included MoMa PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach, actor/designer Waris Ahluwalia, curator and collector Dana Farouki, and the winners of last year's CreativeTime sandcastle competition, Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw.

Organizers announced that judges “had a tough time choosing among all of the fabulous designs ….the artists produced last Friday in Rockaway!


Plinths, Rafts, and White Castles: CreativeTime’s 2013 Artist Sandcastle winners (l-r) Jamie Isenstein, 1st Place; Esperanza Mayobre, 2nd; and Duke Riley 3rd Place. Photos by Laura Deckelman, Dan Guarino and Jordi Sevilla Plinths, Rafts, and White Castles: CreativeTime’s 2013 Artist Sandcastle winners (l-r) Jamie Isenstein, 1st Place; Esperanza Mayobre, 2nd; and Duke Riley 3rd Place. Photos by Laura Deckelman, Dan Guarino and Jordi Sevilla “In the end, first prize—a ‘gold’ shovel, a bucket with a bottle of booze, and a $500 check—went to Jamie Isenstein for her project entitled “Disappearing Sculptures,” which consisted of bubbles, ice, and a live saxophonist positioned atop three plinths of sand. Second prize (a ‘silver’ shovel and bucket of booze) went to Esperanza Mayobre for “Raft de la Esperanza,” a beautiful, intricately sculpted raft that provided an oblique commentary on immigration, and third prize (a ‘bronze’ shovel and booze) was given to Duke Riley for “White Castle,” his replication of a White Castle drive-through, complete with actual White Castle sponsorship and free burgers!”


The judges Klaus Biesenbach, Waris Ahluwalia, Dana Farouki, Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw confer. The judges Klaus Biesenbach, Waris Ahluwalia, Dana Farouki, Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw confer. This year’s artists also included David Brooks, Sebastian Errazuriz, Ghost of a Dream (Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom), Natalie Jeremijenko, Rachel Owens, Christopher Robbins, and Marc Andre Robinson.

Many people stayed for the entire five hour event to view the finished creations, cheer the artists and teams and hear the winners announced.

Quite a few commented they enjoyed the fun combination of art, sun and sand.

CreativeTime Commissions and presents public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, and around the world. One of their most well-known projects was the Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11.



Hundreds turned out for the CreativeTime’s 2nd Annual Artist Sandcastle competition. Hundreds turned out for the CreativeTime’s 2nd Annual Artist Sandcastle competition.

Snatching artistic defeat and placing it into the jaws of creative triumph. Snatching artistic defeat and placing it into the jaws of creative triumph.

Nobody listens to a mime! Nobody listens to a mime!

Creative beachgoer Lauren Velez and other Saint Marcellin Champagnat Society volunteers add their own beach creation. Creative beachgoer Lauren Velez and other Saint Marcellin Champagnat Society volunteers add their own beach creation.








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