After days of preparation, a group of world-class sand sculptors were placing the finishing touches on their creations Tuesday, one day before winners were to be chosen in Seaside Heights’ first international sand sculpting tournament.
Organizers say turnout for the first-ever event has been stellar, with votes having been tallied over the past five days. The weather has been a mixed-big for the sculptors, who arrived last week and have had to double down on maintenance of their work – a full-time job while guests look on.
The sculptures tower into the air, from a glorious peacock strutting its wings to an artful take on a sand castle. Matt Long, a featured sculptor from Staten Island, has traveled across the world designing sculptures and is happy to be close to home.
Mayor Anthony Vaz said the tournament, which is being held beside the brand-new Carousel Pavilion on the boardwalk, is a perfect addition to Seaside Heights’ renewal efforts.
The tournament also includes a children’s sculpting area and a massive cooperative sculpture visible from the boardwalk, which may include a familiar logo.
The winners will be chosen the night of June 29 and the exhibit will continue to be open to the public at least through July 4. The tournament site is located at the boardwalk and Sampson Avenue.