Posted by Jody on December 12, 2011
Bill Pavlacka is “The Sand Castle Man.” Greg and I were lucky enough to run across Bill and witness his amazing handiwork on the wide, white sand beach in front of the historic Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California.
The Sand Castle Man -Bill Pavlacka- in front of The Hotel Del Coronado (Photo ©Jody Diehl)
This awesome sand castle had been built the day before we met “Billy Pav” and I believe he said it had taken him 5 or 6 hours to create this sandy masterpiece. He was touching up his artwork and putting in place the little tree-like sculptures around the base of the sand castle while we were watching. Actually, lots of people were admiring this impressive sand sculpture while he continued his work and chatted away, answering questions. People continually stopped by to smile, take pictures and meet the good-natured Sand Castle Man.
Bill Pavlacka began building his sandy creations nearly 30 ago, when his children were very small. Now, he’ll even teach you how to build sand sculptures! Bill told me that if you email him with a request, he would be happy to set up a sand castle building class on the beach. Notice his construction tools of choice: plastic buckets and simple shovels and trowels. He also used a lot of water on this windy, warm December day!
The Sand Castle Man – Bill Pavlacka – at The Hotel Del Coronado (Photo ©Jody Diehl)
You’ll want to check out The Sand Castle Man‘s photo gallery on his website. While there you can also see a time lapse movie of the building of a sand sculpture and a documentary of his work. It’s all fun stuff!
You just never know what you’ll find at the beach, even in December!
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Posted by Jody on October 3, 2011
Sandsculpting 2012 dates have officially been set. Be sure to put Nov. 16-25, 2012, on your calendar.
Go ahead and grab those bright pink sand pails and shovels, but you might also want the 5 gallon buckets and garden spade, too! We’re talking some serious sand castle building, because we’re heading to the American SandSculpting Championship in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida.
The American SandSculpting Championship and Beach Festival is a multi-day event held on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico sands of Fort Meyers Beach, Florida. This year, November 16th – 25th, the largest sand sculpting festival in Florida will be celebrating 26 years of family friendly beach fun. Attracting tens of thousands of people each year, the fine sand beaches of sunny Fort Meyers Beach are perfect for sand sculpting, which is why they also attract a world class contingent of Master Sculptors to this fantastic yearly celebration of visual beach art.
Fort Meyers Beach, Florida (©Jody Diehl)
This year the event will feature 30 international participants including master sculptor Karen Fralich, who has participated in over than 90 international sand sculpting competitions and has won numerous honors. And don’t forget Amazin Walter who has been competing for more than 27 years ~ so long that he has lost count of his titles! Check out all of the very interesting and quite impressive bios of these three and all of the Master Sculptors of the the 2012 American SandSculpting Championship.
Participants in the 26th Annual American SandSculpting Championship can only use the sugar-white sand, hand tools (muscle-powered only), and standard issue spray sealant for their works of art.
Besides the Master Sculpting competition, the all-beach event will feature “Sand 101!”, an event where professional sculptors will teach the basics (and secrets) of building a great sand castle. Food outlets, vendors, games and music will be featured at “Party on the Pavement!”. There will be a “Sand Vendor Village!” and an “Amateur Competition!” too.
The American SandSculpting Championship and Beach Festival has a comprehensive website where you can find the 2012 event calendar, sculptor bios, and a photo gallery of last year’s winning sand sculptures.
Can’t wait to see what the artists come up with this year!
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