The Art Of Sand At 2nd Annual Artist 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!
“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!”
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.