It’s early December and San Diego’s latest rainstorm has passed. This morning I walked out onto the Broadway Pier.
What did I see?
These aren’t actual oil paintings. They’re photographs that I took last night along the Embarcadero, made to look like impressionistic oil paintings with GIMP graphic software.
Can you recognize many of these beautiful nighttime sights on San Diego Bay?
San Diego is beautiful.
I never grow tired of walking through my city.
This evening I arrived at Waterfront Park right as the sun was setting behind Star of India and the ships of the Maritime Museum.
I walked to the inky bay, then turned south and strolled along the Embarcadero as the sunset slowly faded above the horizon.
I passed the Cruise Ship Terminal and paused near the foot of Broadway Pier to listen to some musicians, and gaze out at the Port Pavilion and USS Midway.
I then turned east down Broadway and quickened my pace as I headed for home.
My camera doesn’t take the best photographs in growing darkness, but I got a few pretty good ones this evening that I’d like to share…
If you’re in San Diego this Labor Day weekend, you need to go to the 2019 U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge at downtown’s Broadway Pier. The annual event is just as incredible as ever, with amazing, eye-popping sand sculptures by some of the top sand artists in the world!
This morning I got my ticket right as the event opened, and I directed my feet straight into the Broadway Pier’s Port Pavilion, which is where the Sand Masters were working on their masterpieces. It seems every year the sculptures become more elaborate and beautiful.
I took some photos with my little camera to provide a taste of what you will see. In addition to these masterpieces, you’ll enjoy other sand sculptures by local San Diego teams, plus all sorts of three-dimensional artwork outside on the pier. Plus there’s live music, lots of food trucks, and a big sand box where you can make your own sandcastles!
The competition’s theme this year is Wonder. Here’s a glimpse of the amazing sculptures, with each piece’s title and artist.
On the Loose, by Chris Guinto.
If We Don’t Change, the World Will Soon Be Over, by Abram Waterman. (The sculpture depicts Stevie Wonder.)
The Force, by Jihoon Choi.
I Wonder About You, by Hanneke Supply.
Think and Wonder, Wonder and Grow, by Anique Kuizenga.
Wanderlust, by Dan Belcher.
The Other Side, by Brian Turnbough.
Just Wondering, by Martijn Rijerse.
Why, How, When? by Melineige Beauregard.
Full of Wonder, by Thomas Koet.
Wonder Woman, by John Gowdy.
With Love Through Life, by Pavel Mylnikov.
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Some of the world’s greatest sand artists smiled for my camera late this afternoon! They’re now carving sand sculptures on Broadway Pier that will greet people as they arrive for the 2019 U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge.
During Labor Day weekend, these extraordinary artists will be working hard inside the Port Pavilion, where the public can watch them create spectacular pieces of fine art out of compacted sand!
If you’re in San Diego, it’s the big Labor Day weekend event you shouldn’t miss!
Here are some photos taken the following day…
This morning sand is being compacted in wooden forms on the Broadway Pier. That means Labor Day weekend can’t be very far away, along with the 2019 U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge!
During this annual festival, fine art will be created by some of the world’s top sand sculptors inside the pier’s Port Pavilion. Meanwhile, I was told that the carving of several sponsored sand sculptures outdoors on the pier begins tomorrow!
San Diego was a wee bit damp today. Light showers off and on. May has been unusually wet this year, not unlike our winter.
Early this afternoon I walked along the Embarcadero with my hood up and my camera protected from water and wind. We residents of San Diego are spoiled by our city’s near perfect weather. When a drop or two falls, many become discombobulated. But others relish the change.
During my walk what did I discover?