Artists prepare for Neptune Festival sand sculpting competition

Artists prepare for Neptune Festival sand sculpting competition


THE NEPTUNE FESTIVAL IS THIS WEEKEND IN VIRGINIA BEACH. AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST DRAWS – THE NORTH AMERICAN SAND SCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIP. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S WALTER HILDEBRAND TALKED WITH SOME OF THE ARTISTS TODAY AND TELLS WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE ART OUT OF SAND. PKG (97-59:34) “IT’S MAGIC BECAUSE IT IS SO TEMPORARY, IT’S JUST SAND AND WATER, THAT’S PART OF THE MAGIC. JUST SAND AND WATER, BUT OH WHAT THEY CAN DO WITH IT. (76-53:54) “THERE’S SOME INCREDIBLE TALENT HERE” THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE DAY AS SCULPTORS PUT LAST MINUTE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THEIR DESIGNS. WITH BUCKETS AND SPRAYERS, BRUSHES AND TROUGHS, THEY’RE ALL HOPING TO CATCH THE EYE OF JUDGES, AND PUT A FACE ON THEIR YOU’RE GOING TO BE DOING FOR A LIVING, I WOULD’VE HERE, THEY DIDN’T GROW UP WANTING TO DO THIS, THEY JUST TRIED IT AND FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. BUT FOR THOSE WHO THINK PLAYING IN THE SAND WON’T TAKE YOU ANYWHERE. (97-59:12) “I JUST CAME FROM CHINA, DIRECTLY TO HERE TO DO THIS CONTEST, THEN I’M GOING TO TEXAS NEXT, THEN FLORIDA, THEN AUSTRALIA” THESE WORKS HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL APPEAL, AND THESE SCULPTORS COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER AND SHARING THEIR JOY OF SCULPTING (120-9:15) “I’M DRAWING OUT THE TITLE AND IT SAYS VROOM!” (120-09:21) “WE LIKE THE ACTION AND THE MOVEMENT IN IT,,,,THAT’S WHAT SCULPTURE IS ABOUT” (76-54:01) “I’M STILL AMAZED WITH WHAT I CAN DO WITH IT.I’M NOT SUPRISED ANYMORE, BIT I’M STILL AMAZED” MATTHEW KAY/TOURIST (125-10:53) “IT IS AMAZING THAT PEOPLE MAKE A LIVING DOING THIS ABSOLUTELY….IT WOULD BE NICE IF I COULD MAKE A LIVING DOING SOMETHING THIS FUN” BUT LIFE IS ANYTHING BUT A BEACH FOR THESE SCULPTORS, THEY DON’T HAVE MUCH TIME TO WORK THEIR MAGIC. (97-00:32) “WE HAVE EXACTLY 24 HOURS CARVING TIME, OVER THREE DAYS TO COMPACT A PILE, THE CARVE IT COMPLETELY. AND THEN AFTER THEY’RE BUILT, JUDGED, PHOTO’D AND SEEN BY THE PUBLIC, IT ALL COME TUMBLING DOWN. (125-11:11) “IT IS A TEMPORARY MEDIUM WHICH MAKES IT SO COOL IS IT’S HERE TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW” IN VIRGINIA BEACH, WALTER HILDEBRAND TOYS IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE SANDCASTLES IN PERSON – IT’S GOING TO COST YOU THREE DOLLARS. THE NEPTUNE FESTIVAL STARTS FRIDAY AND VIRGINIA BEACH’S GABBY DOUGLAS WILL BE THERE. MAYOR WILL SESSOMS WILL PRESENT THE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST WITH THE KEY TO THE CITY AND PROCLAIM IT GABBY DOUGLAS DAY. ITS ALL HAPPENING AT NEPTUNE PARK ON 31ST STREET AT THE BOARDWALK, FRIDAY NIGHT AT 9:00. THEN SATURDAY, GABBY WILL JOIN HAMPTON TRACK AND FIELD OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, FRANCENA MCCORORY FOR A BIG PARADE. IT STARTS AT 11:00 A-M AND RUNS DOWN ATLANTIC AVENUE FROM 16TH TO 32ND STREETS.

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