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July 6, 2012

Cape Cod Sand Sculpting

Filed under: Travel — Karma @ 10:28 am
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On our visit to Cape Cod last week, we were lucky to witness the professional sand sculpting going on during the town of Yarmouth’s Summer Celebration Kick-Off.  There were three professional sculptors working over a few days in a roped-off area of Bass River or Smugglers Beach.

One creation was a breaching whale:

whale in sand

Another was slightly open to interpretation.  My daughters and I thought this one showed perhaps a Chinese Junk:

Whimsical ship

The reverse of this one did not offer more definition:
reverse of ship

We puzzled over whether this was a stone wall with cracks or maybe storm clouds with lightning; either choice seems to threaten the small sail boats below.  This sculptor went on to add a mermaid at the base:
Mermaid in sand

Perhaps this sculptor wanted to leave some thoughts to the imagination?  Or maybe there is a myth or story that is being portrayed here.

By far the most impressive of the three was the London Tower Bridge, bedecked for the Summer Olympics:
London Tower Bridge

Olympic Rings

The reverse side of the bridge harkens back to the town bringing us the fun sculptures to enjoy:
Yarmouth, Cape Cod

While these three sculptures were created by professional sand sculptors (can you believe there is such a job?  Must be nice!), it appeared that other folks with some sand talent were invited to get in on the fun.  I didn’t see these being worked on, and they didn’t have the staying power of the professional works, but these adorable smaller sculptures were also on display:

Everyone’s favorite beagle

Yoda with broken ear
“Broken my ear is!”

Fireman's hat
Yarmouth F.D.

Fish are friends, not food!



I remember the days when my favorite little sculptors used make their creations on the beach:



Do you have memories of these temporary works of art?


  1. Great sculptures! And yes, we have many memories and we are about to make more on our next trip to the beach!

    Comment by Andrea L — July 6, 2012 @ 11:14 am | Reply

    • Thanks Andrea – have a great time at the beach!

      Comment by Karma — July 7, 2012 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  2. Love these!!! Professional, amateur, and family done every one!!

    Comment by mylifeincny — July 6, 2012 @ 11:32 am | Reply

    • Thanks Deb. You’ve done professional sand sculpting? You should do a blog post about that!

      Comment by Karma — July 7, 2012 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  3. Karen, your pictures are beautiful and the sculptures are still looking great. Even those tiny crosses on the London Bridge are still standing strong.

    Comment by Jim Dinsmore — July 6, 2012 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  4. Above comments are mine not Jim..Ha!

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — July 6, 2012 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

    • I kind of figured the comment was from you! That’s cool that they are still looking good a week later.

      Comment by Karma — July 7, 2012 @ 8:14 am | Reply

  5. I would love to watch how they create these …. fun.

    Comment by bearyweather — July 7, 2012 @ 10:05 am | Reply

    • It was definitely fun to see. Thanks for stopping by Bearyweather.

      Comment by Karma — July 9, 2012 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  6. Wow, wow and double wow!

    Comment by Dawn — July 7, 2012 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

  7. These are wonderful. My favourite is the breaching whale !

    Comment by sybil — July 7, 2012 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil. I loved watching it all happen.

      Comment by Karma — July 9, 2012 @ 9:12 am | Reply

  8. How wonderful and marvelous sand art. So well done. One of my favorite is Olympic Rings!

    In Finland we also make art from sand. Here are only my previous years’ sand art photos:

    Sand Statues

    Happy blogging!

    Comment by Sartenada — July 8, 2012 @ 5:29 am | Reply

    • Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment, Sartenada. I will have a look at your link!

      Comment by Karma — July 9, 2012 @ 9:13 am | Reply

  9. Those are amazing! I can’t believe what can be created with just sand and water!!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — July 9, 2012 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

    • They are pretty amazing. We learned a little about the process while they were being made. Apparently they bring in their own fine sand, and that sand is packed into tightly compressed forms to allow for all the intricate work. These sculptors travel all over and get paid to do that. Not a bad gig if you ask me.

      Comment by Karma — July 9, 2012 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

  10. Awesome sculptures!! LOVE your titles! 🙂

    Aw, your girls were (are) so adorable!! I have fond beach memories as well… these days, I prefer pool water over the cold sea but there is still something about a day at the beach that you just can’t explain! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — July 9, 2012 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

    • I was wondering if anyone would notice my little captions under the smaller sculptures – thanks for mentioning them! I do like to throw a bit of humor in here and there. 😉
      *SIGH* sometimes I can’t believe that my girls aren’t that little anymore. How the heck did they get to be teenagers? I’m surely not old enough for that, lol!
      I agree that pool water is definitely easier for a swim than the sea, but I don’t need to swim to be happy at the beach! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — July 9, 2012 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  11. The pros did some outstanding work and the amateurs showed they are up to the task. Just need more funding. 🙂 Yep, if you have a skill and can create a need for it, then you are good to go. The NY State Fair has a group come in every year to do a huge sand sculpture. Brings in the people who will then help the local economy.

    BTW, nice photos. Sand can be as tough as snow to photograph.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 10, 2012 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Scott. The setting sun helped in some of those photos!

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2012 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  12. These are amazing! And yes, I remember sand sculptures – or rather a sand sculptor, it’s a bit too distant in time to recall the actual creations – on Weymouth beach in Dorset, UK, when I was a child. Always amazed me. 🙂

    Comment by Val — July 11, 2012 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

    • Hi Val! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2012 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  13. Amazing! My sand sculptures were never as good as any of these, but I have many fond memories of playing in the sand, as a child and with my children. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — July 14, 2012 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

    • Sandcastles were as far as I ever attempted in the sand department. Nothing but good memories for me where sand is concerned!

      Comment by Karma — July 15, 2012 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  14. This reminds me of viewing the sand sculptures at Fort Myers Beach. I liked the mermaid. It seems so relaxed as it reclines…

    Comment by Kathy — July 15, 2012 @ 11:38 am | Reply

    • We could’ve seen the work of some of the same sculptors, Kathy! Some of the folks explained that they travel all over in their work, and that they do spend a lot of time in Florida. I think 2 of the 3 said they lived in Florida.

      Comment by Karma — July 15, 2012 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

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