This Newport Beach Architect Has Mastered The Science Of Sand Castle-Building

This Newport Beach Architect Has Mastered The Science Of Sand Castle-Building


♪ S.T.E.A.M. SUNDAYS CHAMPIONED BY YOUR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TOYOTA DEALERS. CHRIS: OKAY. SO TALK ABOUT A DREAM JOB — SERENE: YEAH. CHRIS: HE PLAYS IN THE SAND, HE MAKES MONEY DOING IT. IT’S TIME FOR THIS WEEK’S S.T.E.A.M. SUNDAY PROFILE. SERENE: AMBER LEE INTRODUCES US TO AN ARCHITECT WHO’S MASTERED THE SCIENCE OF SAND CASTLE BUILDING. ♪ WE’RE SOAKING AND COMPACTING THE SAND. AMBER: ANOTHER SUNNY DAY IN LONG BEACH, ANOTHER MASTERPIECE AWAITS ITS EVOLUTION FROM A SAND PILE. BY THE END OF THE DAY, THIS MOUND WILL BE UNRECOGNIZABLE. ITS MISSION, TO BECOME — A FISH HOLDING A SURFBOARD. AMBER: THAT’S RIGHT. THIS WILL BECOME SOMETHING RESEMBLING THIS. WE TOOK THE TOYOTA MOBILE WEATHER LAB OUT TO SEE HOW IT HAPPENS. MY LIFE HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO BUILDING THINGS WHETHER THEY’RE PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY. [LAUGHTER] AMBER: MEET GREG LE BON, PRESIDENT OF ARCHI SAND IN NEWPORT BEACH. WE CREATE SAND SCULPTURES TO PROVIDE JOY AND AMUSEMENT FOR THE PUBLIC. ♪ ♪ AMBER: GREG’S PORTFOLIO IS PRETTY MIND-BLOWING. OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS, HIS SCULPTURES HAVE WON COMPETITIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD. HE’S BUILT SAND CASTLES, SKELETONS, CELEBRATED THE SUMMER OF LOVE AND RECENTLY WELCOMED GUESTS TO THE SUN-SOAKED FESTIVAL. THIS IS THE PROCESS THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE. AMBER: TO DO WHAT HE AND HIS TEAM DO — WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE SAND. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND ITS STRUCTURAL CAPABILITIES AND ITS LIMITS. AMBER: AND THAT’S WHERE THE S.T.E.A.M. DISCIPLINES COME INTO PLAY, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART AND MATH. I’M GOING TO SAY WE PROBABLY EMPLOY A VARIETY OF ALL OF THEM. AMBER: THE THREE MOST IN USE HERE ON THE BEACH, SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND ART A. THERE’S SCIENCE IN UNDERSTANDING THE SAND. AMBER: THE ENGINEERING IS ESSENTIAL TO CREATING SCULPTURES THAT CAN HOLD THEIR SHAPE, AND THEN — THERE’S THE ART PART OF IT, HOW CREATIVE CAN YOU BE. AMBER: WHEN GREG’S NOT ON THE BEACH, YOU CAN FIND HIM DESIGNING HOTELS AND OFFICE BUILDINGS. FOR MASTERPIECES IN SAND — CLEARLY, THE ARCHITECTURAL TRAINING HELPS. AMBER: A SAND SCULPTURE CAN TAKE DAYS TO COMPLETE. THERE’S A LOT OF TEDIOUS WORK AND OFTEN SETBACKS ALONG THE WAY. HOW DOES HE COPE? IF YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DOWN, DON’T LET IT GET YOU DOWN. PERSEVERE THROUGH IT. ASK FOR HELP. WHEN SOMEONE WALKS UP AND GOES, HOW’D YOU DO THAT? THIS IS HOW WE DO IT. AMBER: WITH HELP, HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION, THE FISH WAS JOINED BY RAINBOWS AND AN OCTOPUS. BY THE TIME THE OCEAN WASHES IT AWAY, GREG AND HIS CREW WILL BE STARTING THE NEXT ONE. OUR PIECES ARE GONE THE NEXT DAY, AND EVERYONE LOVED ‘EM. AND NOW THE PROMOTERS ARE GOING, GOD, WE’VE GOT TO HAVE THESE GUYS BACK. EVERYONE LOVED THEM. SO THAT THE, THE FACT THAT THEY’RE VERY TEMPORARY IS OUR

3 thoughts on “This Newport Beach Architect Has Mastered The Science Of Sand Castle-Building

  1. Ahhhhhwooow those people made that place more attractive and beautiful with that sand art it's cool love it ❤❤❤✌

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