These photos were taken at the 2010 North American Sandsculpting Championship, part of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival which celebrates the return of the beach to the locals, while also trying to wring out a few more dollars from the season. I must say it was nice to have the beach less crowded and being after Labor Day to legally take dogs there as well. Anyway, the sandsculpting was amazing, with artists from all over the world entering in either the solo or doubles category. I am still not sure how it is done, and I marvel at the work involved, especially when you consider its impermanence.
Poor Planning by Walter McDonald (Texas)
Love Never Grows Old by John Gowdy (Italy)
This was one of several Neptunes, but I did not record the title of the piece, but it was created by Sudarsan Pattnaik of India
Glory Lost by Ilya Filimonstev (Russia)
This was not the solo winner, but was my favorite, Migrations by Lucinda Wierenga of Texas.
Flamenco by Thomas Koet and Jill Harris (USA)
Don't Worry Mum, It's Only a Jet Fighter by Joris Kivits and Michela Ciappini (Netherlands)
If you have ever been to Va. Beach, you know where the title comes from.
Old Navy by Meredith Corson and Dan Doubleday (USA)
Neptune Saves the Day by Sandis Kondrats and Uldis Zarins (Latvia)
Celtic Sisters by Karen Fralich (Canada) and Eva "Sue" McGrew (USA)
The Path of Life Dan Belcher (USA) and Benjamin Probanza (Mexico)
Together Forever by Jacinthe Trudel and Jonathan Bouchard (Canada)
This is a close up of my favorite double.
You can see the rest of my set here, and some night time shots from fellow local blogger David here and here.