Next week is SandFest which is a big event here in Port Aransas. The event’s mission is to raise money for local charities. Founded in 1997, Texas SandFest is a three-day event that attracts sand sculptors from around the globe. The event is the largest sand sculpting fest and competition in the nation and brings over 100,000 guests to the beaches of Port Aransas. The free event is organized into competitions for all experience levels to include both amateur and professional sculptors. Guests can participate or simply wander through the incredibly unique artistic displays.
I will be giving you a look at the festival next week but thought I would provide a behind the scene preview
This first photo shows the kind of heavy equipment needed to prepare the beach for the sculptures. They are forming piles which will be turned into works of art.
Here is a long view of what will become the central sculpture. It will depict the theme as well as honor the sponsors. The three poles act as supports.
Here is one of the artists hard at work. The person in blue is spraying water on the sand to keep it moist.
A little more detail showing the oil heritage of Texas
I left this shot in so that you can see the proximity of the sculpture to the Gulf Mexico.
It takes a lot of water to keep the sand from blowing away. Here is one of the hook-ups to service some artists.
Speaking of artists here is the person known as The Glue Man. His job is to spray a glue-like mixture on the sculpture. This binds the sand and acts a finish coat to keep the work in place.
Sine the festival attracts 100,000 people there needs to be quite a few food trucks to provide food and refreshments. The photo below will give you an idea of what they look like.
Here is a holding area for the food trucks. Notice the RVs which serve to housed the vendors for the week.
I hope you enjoyed the preview and I’m looking forward to showing you the finished result next week.