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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